There have been many deaths we have written about this year, from great musicians to actresses to astronauts to Nancy Reagan.

But there may have been no other who so touched our lives.

Fox News reports, Creator of the Red Solo Cup dies at 84:

The creator of the Red Solo Cup died on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the age of 84.

Robert Leo Hulseman lived in Northfield, Illinois, but spent much of his time in Scottsdale, Arizona. He began working for his father’s business – the Solo Cup Company – at the age of 18. He then worked his way to the top to become president and CEO.

As president and CEO, Hulseman “oversaw the company’s growth into one of the largest food service packaging companies in the world,” according to an obituary posted by the Donnellan Funeral Home in Skokie. “He was known as an innovator, a hands-on manufacturing expert, and an industry pioneer.”

Cue the music:

And the babes:

And the Bros:

And the future leaders of our nation:

And the White Dixie Plate – wait, how did that get in here?