Benjamin Ray Neier(1931 - 2018)

Dodge City - Benjamin Ray Neier, 86, died August 28, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living Center in Dodge City. He was born on December 4, 1931 in Mullinville, the son of D. Ray and Helen I. (Wilson) Neier.
Ben graduated from Mullinville High School in 1949 and attended Dodge City Junior College. He married Carol Headrick on November 19, 1950 and from this marriage they raised three children. On August 5, 1978, Ben married Jan Whitaker.
Ben was raised and worked on the family farm in Mullinville. In addition to farming he was involved in cattle feeding, which led to his invention of the first auger feed mixer in 1961. With increased demand for this feed mixer, the business of B/J Manufacturing was moved to Dodge City in 1965. The business was sold in 1978.
Based on Ben's design of a new rotary style feed mixer, Roto-Mix was established in 1984. Roto-Mix has sold feed mixers in over 40 countries and was named the Kansas Governor's Exporter of the Year in 1996 . This was one of Ben's most cherished awards. Due to his creative mind, Ben was the inventor on over 20 patents. His last big project was designing and overseeing construction of the 20,000 square foot Ben Neier Roto-Mix Assembly Building.
Ben was a member of Grace Community Church. Over the years Ben was involved in community service through WKMA, YMCA, and Chamber of Commerce.
Ben is survived by his wife, Jan and his children, Sharon (Wayne) Graham of Wichita, Barbara Andrews of Dodge City, Rod (Karen) Neier of Gilbert, AZ, Angie (Wally) Stimpert of Spearville, and Brent (Ami) Whitaker of Dodge City. Grandchildren are Aaron Winter, Joel (Kristen) Winter, Tim (Amalia) Graham, Jessica (Brian) Mashak, Austin (Emily) Andrews, Tyler (Caitlyn) Neier, Michael Stefan (Kennedy), Amanda Stefan (Seth), Ashten Stimpert (Reegan) , Aubrey Stimpert, Wyatt Stimpert, Brayden Whitaker, Brier Whitaker(Collin). Great Grandchidren are Ross Winter, Maddison Winter, Reid Graham, McKenzie Mashak, Jaedyn Andrews, Kason Andrews, Scarlett Neier and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and four sisters: Dortha Bieber, Edna Maltbie, Frances Selby & Emma Jean Miller.
Funeral service will be held at Grace Community Church in Dodge City on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 10:30 AM with Pastor Kirk Larson presiding. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City. Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Chapel in Dodge City on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Prairie or Grace Community Church in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.

Published in Dodge City Daily Globe on Aug. 30, 2018