Robert Mickus, 94, was civic figure, longtime research director for Rice Growers
Robert Raymond Mickus, a civic leader who was an innovative research director for the Rice Growers Association of California, died Dec. 19 of age-related causes, his family said. He was 94.
Mr. Mickus, who helped develop C rations and other food products for the Army during World War II, joined the Rice Growers Association in West Sacramento in 1948. He obtained several patents for his work developing strains of rice and a rice oil extraction process.
He was a past president of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce and was active in the West Sacramento Rotary Club. He served as foreman of the federal grand jury in Sacramento in 1970 and was instrumental in developing the Port of Sacramento.
Mr. Mickus was born in 1917 in New Prague, Minn. He was drafted into the Army in 1941 and rose to the rank of captain. He had lived in Sacramento since 1948 and had two children with his wife, the former Myrtle Schuhr, who had small parts in Chicago radio soap operas during the 1930s. They were married for 53 years, until her death in 1997. He is survived by his daughters, Jane of Eugene, Ore., and Lynn Walters of Sacramento, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services are private. Donations may be made to the West Sacramento Rotary Foundation.