Bill Braum, founder of Braum Ice Cream and Dairy Stores, which has grown to almost 300 stores in five states, has died, the company said on Tuesday. He was 92 years old.
Braum died Monday at his home in Tuttle, Oklahoma, the company said in a statement.
Braum grew up in Emporia, Kansas, where he worked for his father’s small butter and milk processing plant. After selling the company he inherited, Braum started the chain with his name in 1968 in 22 stores in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma City-based chain, known for its hamburger and affiliated fresh market grocery stores, now has locations in Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri, according to the company’s website.
According to the Braum family, the company operates a bakery, dairy, processing plant, milking plant and a herd of several thousand calves in Tuttle, about 30 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. It also operates another milking facility on a brewing farm on the Oklahoma-Texas Panhandle border.