Former Jackson resident George Tice died peacefully Jan. 15 with his family at his side. They provided the following.
Born Oct. 26, 1933 in New York, New York, George Christopher Tice joined the Navy at the age of 17, during the Korean War. After service, he began school at Florida Southern. In August of 1959 he met Madeline Dilluvio on a day he was not planning to go to the beach, but his brother Charles talked him into it. They went on a date that night and he told her he was going to marry her. A few weeks later they were married and then danced off to finish his B.S. degree. They moved back to New York. They taught dance lessons, George working at Brooks Brothers, and both enjoying the city life.
In 1966 they moved to Jackson, when brother Charles wanted him to help run Tice’s 66 Gas Station. George continued to teach ballroom dancing with Madeline, and both became involved in the local theater. In 1990, George and Madeline moved to Casper to be close to two of their children.
George was an athlete. He was a swimmer, baseball pitcher, a golden gloves boxer and semi-pro football player. He enjoyed watching sports and old movies, but his favorite was watching his children and grandchildren participating in sporting events.
The most important thing to George was his family, and he worked four jobs to make a life for them all in beautiful Jackson. George was a people person and enjoyed his time selling jewelry, working as assistant postmaster, and his community involvement with the VFW, Our Lady of the Mountains Church, plays, and dancing.
George was heartbroken in 2018 when he lost his life dance partner of 58 years. George was a man of resilience, love, kindness, hard work, selflessness and so much more. He brought joy into so many lives and never knew a stranger.
The past nine months of overwhelming love from Central Wyoming Hospice staff and volunteers, and his handful of favorites at his assisted living, cannot be measured.
George is survived by his sons, Christopher (Carmel) of Jackson and Sean (Emy) of Flagstaff, Arizona, daughters Katrina (Chris Lorenzen) of Casper, and Tracy Tice of Sedona, Arizona; grandchildren Amy (Justin Ciampi) of Bend, Oregon, Logan Feezer of Cheyenne, Makenna and Katie Lorenzen of Casper, and great-grandson Henry Ciampi.
George always maintained a positive attitude in all circumstances. Our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather will be greatly missed but we take solace in knowing that he is dancing with his wife in the heavens above.
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A private service was held Jan. 25 at Our Lady of Fatima, with committal at Oregon Trail Cemetery. A public celebration of life will be planned for a later date.
Donations in honor of George can be sent to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.