Bill Bliss, passed away, Feb. 13, 2014, at Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City. He was 79.
Bill was best known in the aquafeed industry for the Eliminator hammer mill, which he designed and developed in 1979 and, along with sons Alan and Ricky, began Bliss Industries, Inc. The company grew and they purchased some land in Ponca City, selling equipment all over the world.
Bill grew up on a farm SW of Newkirk and was active in raising and showing calves, lambs and pigs. He began working with a construction company and later formed his own Bliss Construction Company, building feed mills in several states, many of which are still in operation. Bill became a sales representative selling feed mill equipment for several different companies.
Bill had a heart for young people and education, both in the industrial and agricultural fields. He along with his wife, Katie, donated a sculpture to Pioneer Technology Center entitled “Power of Thought”. They have supported local FFA and 4-H groups. Bill was an active member of the Peckham Christian Church. He was a member of the American Feed Industry Association, recognized for leadership, and also a member of Association of Operative Millers and many other industries associated through his life. He was a member of the Belted Galloway Association and Short Horn Association.
Bill is survived by his wife, Katie, children, grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.