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Former Research Products Co. President Jim Allen Dies at 75 March 4, 2013

James Ronald Allen, 75 Salina, died Thursday, February 21, 2013, of natural causes at Salina Regional Health Center. Mr. Allen was born on July 3, 1937, at Newton, Kansas, to Everett and Mildred Allen.

He was an outstanding athlete at Newton High School. After high school, he attended and graduated from Kansas State University in 1959 and immediately began his employment with Research Products Company, Salina, with an eight-month pregnant wife in tow and $200 in their pocket. He retired from the company as President/CEO after over 43+ years, at the end of 2002.

During his lifetime, he served on a number of local boards including Sunflower Bank, St Johns Regional Health Center, Salina Regional Health Center, Greater Salina Community Foundation, YWCA Endowment and the Salina Country Club.

During his career, he had been a member of the Kansas Grain and Feed Assn., Assn. of Operative Millers, Assn. of Cereal Chemists and the North American Millers Assn.

Additionally, he was chosen to be a member of the Salina Business Hall of Fame. Jim was a man who never hesitated to invest when he saw there was a need. His philanthropic efforts in Salina were legendary and will be sorely missed. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and member of the First Presbyterian Church of Salina.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; wife of 42 years, Janice J. Allen; a sister, Elaine Sauerwein; and a grandson, Destry Greer Allen.

He is survived by:
Son: Bart J. Allen (Theresa)
Two daughters: Jennifer Allen (Kat) of Salina
Brenda Wohler of Salina
6 grandchildren
1 great grandchild

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Eighth, with the Rev. Dr. Edith Gause officiating.

Private family inurnment will be in Gypsum Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The Destry Allen Memorial Fund, care of the Salina Education Foundation.

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