A 30-year-old Hutchinson man was killed in a workplace incident at Marshall Concrete Products this past month.
According to Hutchinson police, officers responded to a report at about 8:01 a.m. Friday, June 26, that an employee at Marshall Concrete Products, later identified as Nicholas Icenhower, had fallen into a tanker-like container and was not responsive. The container contained fly ash, a base ingredient of concrete.
Icenhower was pulled out of the container by another employee before first responders arrived. Life-saving efforts were performed, but he was later taken to Hutchinson Health and pronounced dead.
Icenhower moved to Hutchinson in 2001 and was a graduate of Hutchinson High School. You can read his full obituary on page A7.
“He was an excellent father and loved his kids,” said Jim Pease, Icenhower’s stepfather. “He was a good son. He was energetic and everyone loved him once they met him.”
“He was a very genuine person,” said Elsie Elness, Icenhower’s girlfriend. “He would give his last dollar to anyone who needed it, or the shirt off his back.”
Two GoFundMe pages have been established in Icenhower’s name. Elness set up one to assist with funeral expenses and support Icenhower's 4-year-old son, as well as to help pay for the lease Elness and Icenhower shared together. Another has been set up by Alexandria Smith, the mother of Icenhower’s son, to help with funeral expenses and care for his children. Together the two GoFundMe pages had raised $11,500 as of Monday morning.
“They were everything for him,” Elness said of Icenhower’s children. “He always wanted the best for them.”