Archie Robert Bice passed away on Oct. 17 in Florida after a
lengthy illness of recurring cancer.
He was born March 14, 1947, to Melvin
and Roberta Bice of Ideal. He joined five other children on the farm, then
three children making a total of nine sibblings.
He graduated from Winner High School in
1965 going on to attend Colorado State University in Ft. Collins graduating in
He married Marilyn McCurdy of Denver
right after graduation and started work at Dupont Company in Delaware where he
spent his entire 40 year career. The couple started their family in 1974 and
had two children, Brandon and Devon.
He spent the first ten years doing
technical and research work and then managed technical organizations in support
of research and development, plant design and manufacturing support.
Bice became the business engineer
manager for Dupont’s carpet fiber and flooring business in the mid-90’s and
managed Dupont’s engineering and processing equipment during his later years,
retiring in 2009.
Accomplishments include being named
primary patent holder for the chemical reactor used in manufacturing of Kevlar
(R), the material used in making police and military bullet proof vests,
personal armour and aircraft, aerospace and sports equipment. He had several
other patents for the manufacture of Neoprene rubber and composite materials.
He and his wife lived in Delaware and
Pennsylvania, later moving to Florida where they resided at the time of his
They traveled the world both for work
and pleasure. They had been to most of the countries in Europe, Moracco, South
Africa, Zambia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mexico, Caribbean Islands,
Alaska, Hawaii, Sweden and Russia.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn;
son, Brandon (Jill) and children Ella, Cody, Tara and daughter Devon Hilton
(Will) and children Addison, Rianne and Liam. Also surviving are brothers
Richard (Betty), Don (Ardy), Jon (Karen), Greg (Sis); sisters Betty (Dale )
Waters, Vesta (Laverne) Frank and Debbie (Lennie) Steffen.
Preceding him in death were his
parents, a sister, Patricia.
At his request no funeral was held. His
ashes will be dropped in the ocean at his beach house in Delaware this summer.