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Obituaries: Geis, Wentz, Tice, Hick

Megan Kathleen Geis

CASPER, Wyo. –

Megan Kathleen Geis: 1984 – 2021

Our beloved Megan Kathleen Geis went to the Lord on Sunday, January 17, 2021, unexpectedly at the age of 36.

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Megan was born an only child and raised in Casper, Wyoming by Lonnie Ray Boss and Kathleen Haley Boss. She attended Natrona County High School and home schooled by her grandfather. She graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Business Communications and went on to start her own consulting company and work as a landman in the oil and gas industry.

Growing up, Megan enjoyed competing in figure skating, swimming, and spending time with her cousins. She loved animals and had a special place in her heart for dogs.

On March 31, 2004 she married her love, Kenneth Geis. They were proud parents to Kaiser and Marco, their Doberman Pinschers. She took great pride in caring for her pups. Some of her happiest times were spent at their cabin in the mountains watching them race up and down the mountain trails.

Megan had a passion and desire to be involved in her family and friends lives. With a servant’s heart, she was always one to jump in and help or offer her assistance. She enjoyed sharing what she had and often you left a visit with her, with your hands full. She was known for spoiling the little ones with gifts out of the joy of giving and known as the ‘Cool Aunt.’ She was inclusive and wanted to make sure everyone felt apart of the group. She made it her business to know YOU. Megan positively impacted each life she encountered in her own unique way, and we are all grateful for the light she brought into our world. Her kind heart looked for ways to make people feel special and important.

Megan is survived by her husband, Kenneth Geis; fur babies, Kaiser and Marco; father Lonnie Boss; grandparents Irene and Gib Latinis. Aunts: Skarland Kamm (Timothy); Kristin Sannes; Brynn Sannes; Connie Grimm (Tom); Tracy Latinis; Jeannette Twitchell. Uncles: Paul Sannes (Liz); Kenneth Sannes; Michael Sannes; Kerry Boss (Janette); Patrick Boss (Jill). In-laws: H Zane Geis (Gladys); Karen Larson (Craig); Keith Geis (Marie); Konnie Green (Gary); Kevin Geis (Kathy); numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and numerous close friends. She was loved by many.

Megan was preceded in death by her mother, Kathleen Boss, October 8, 2017; grandfather, Frank Sannes, March 19, 2018; grandmother, Mary Jo Sannes, December 12, 1996; and her beloved fur baby Hanz von Habanero, June 26, 2016.

In Megan’s memory – ‘Always be kind, always be patient. Always love and always care. Be generous. Go out of your way to help others feel happiness, feel accepted, and most importantly…feel loved.’

In lieu of flowers, please be a light to others and donate in Megan’s name to the Casper Humane Society or Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force.

Brett Avia Wentz

Brett Avia Wentz:1958 – 2021

Brett Avia Wentz, 62, of Casper, WY passed away, Tuesday, January 20, 2021 following a hard fought battle with cancer.

He was born February 11, 1958 in Norton, KS the son of Fredrick Ludwig and Violet May (Backus) Wentz. He was raised on a farm, the youngest of five brothers and four sisters. Brett graduated from Jennings High School, Jennings, KS in 1976. While in High School he was active in FFA.

Shortly after graduating he moved to McCook, Nebraska where he met his future wife. He and Corey Wagner married May 18, 1980. He is survived by his wife, three children, Chelsea (Justin) Dailey, Isaac (Amanda) Wentz and Kai (Hope) Wentz; four grandchildren, Grace, Chloe, Wyatt and Mason Dailey. He is also survived by four brothers, Walter, Carl, LaRene and Dwight Wentz, three sisters, Florence Marsh, Sylvia Wilroy and Rosalie Kraft; as well as many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Eugene Wentz and his sister Karolyn Kingham.

Mr. Wentz received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming in 2008. He would argue anything and was always up for a good debate. He appreciated those who could calmly discuss hot button issues, including politics, current news and religion.

Brett’s grandchildren are the love of his life. He enjoyed spending every possible moment with them. He also had a love for antique farm tractors. He was a true believer in the adage that, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. He enjoyed finding treasures and restoring them to near perfect. He was well known for his obsession with detail during this process. He loved tinkering on the farm and caring for his animals, including his pet cat Zero.

Cremation is planned. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his name to the Casper Humane Society, 849 East E. Street, Casper, WY 82601.

George Christopher Tice

George Christopher Tice: 1933 – 2021

George Tice, 87, died peacefully on January 15th with his family by his side.

Born on October 26th, 1933 in New York, NY to Marion Reilly and Stanford Tice, George grew up with 3 brothers-The “Tice” Boys. George joined the Navy, at the age of 17, during the Korean War. After the service, George 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. George asked her for a date, they went out that night and he told her was going to marry her. A few weeks later they were married and then danced off to finish his BS degree in Florida. George and Madeline moved back to New York, teaching dance lessons, George working at Brooks Brothers, and both enjoying the city life.

In 1966 they moved to Jackson Hole Wyoming, when George’s 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 theatres. In 1990, George and Madeline moved to Casper to be closer to 2 of their children.

George was an athlete. He was a swimmer, baseball pitcher, a golden gloves boxer and semi-pro football player. George 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 4 jobs to make a life for them all in beautiful Jackson Hole. 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 Mountains Church, plays and dancing.

George was heartbroken when he lost his life dance partner of 58 years back in 2018, he only wished to see her again and looked forward to visiting her grave until he was with her. George was a man of resilience, love, kindness, hard work, selflessness and so much more. He brought joy into so many people’s lives and never knew a stranger. The past 9 months of overwhelming love from Central Wyoming Hospice nurses, chaplains, volunteers, other workers and his handful of “favorites” at his assisted living cannot be measured.

George is survived by his sons, Christopher (Carmel) of Jackson, WY and Sean (Emy) of Flagstaff, AZ; daughter Katrina (Chris Lorenzen) of Casper, WY, and Tracy of Sedona, AZ; grandchildren, Amy (Justin Ciampi) of Bend, OR; Logan Feezer of Cheyenne, WY, Makenna & Katie Lorenzen of Casper WY; great grandson, Henry Ciampi.

George always maintained a positive attitude in all circumstances. Our father and grandfather will be greatly missed but we take solace in knowing that he is dancing with his wife in the heavens above.

Private Visitation & Rosary, Newcomer’s, January 24th; Private Service, Our Lady of the Fatima, January 25th; Private committal following the service 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.

Terrence J. Hick

Terrence J. Hick: July 7, 1950 ~ December 5, 2020 (age 70)

Terrence John Hick, 70, of Casper, WY passed away Dec 5, 2020, from complications of Diabetes. Born July 7, 1950, in Marshall, Minnesota, along with identical twin brother Ted, they joined older brother Tom, also born July 7th just two years earlier. His parents were Francis and Alice Hick. The family moved to Casper in 1967 and he graduated from Kelly Walsh in 1969. From a young age he always wanted to draw or paint and in fourth grade his art teacher, who once worked for Disney,  noticed he had a talent in art and encouraged him to pursue this talent. After graduating from high school, he attended Casper College to study business and art. He was able to attend the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles (now Pasadena) from 1971-1972, where he took illustration and design studies. He returned to Casper College for independent studies under Wilhelm Ossa in 1973. His two mentors throughout his career were Mr. Ossa and Harry Carmean from Art Center, whom he credits to teaching him the basics of art principles. He became a full time professional artist in 1979. 

He married the love of his life, Patricia Massengale, in Sept. 1972, and became an instant father to her four year old child, Angela. They remained married for just shy of 48 years, when she passed away in July, 2020.

Terrence began karate lessons while still in high school and quickly took to the sport. He earned his first Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do in three short years. He became a Tae Kwon Do instructor shortly after earning his second degree Dan Black Belt.

Terrence was a renowned artist for many years, his art being bought throughout the US by many collectors, with the late actor Burt Reynolds possessing two of his paintings. He was inspired by his mentor and personal friend, Conrad Schwering, Wyoming’s most famous artist. He also drew inspiration from the masters, including Russian artist Nicolai Fechin. He was proficient in oils, watercolors and pastels, painting in the plein-air/impressionistic style. Wyoming landscapes and his “junk” paintings were his signature topics but he also had a love of aviation art and later turned to religious art. In 1990 and 1998 he had paintings accepted into the national Art For the Parks competition. He was a member of the Northwest Rendezvous in Helena, Montana and was a guest artist for the National Academy of Western Art in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His art was shown in galleries in Bridgeport, CT; Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; Scottsdale, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Sedona, AZ, and Jackson, WY, just to name a few. He earned numerous awards, had many one and two man shows, art grants, and was published in Southwest Art Magazine. He had a special talent but also possessed an artist’s personality and thus somewhat of a difficult person to deal with. He definitely had the “artist in torment” personality, and like Van Gogh, found himself struggling to keep his career going. He never gave up on his art and his entire life he spent dedicated to improving his techniques and learning from fellow artists, whether they were present day artists or the masters from the past. 

During the later years of his life he developed many health problems that took him away from being able to paint outdoors on location or even in his studio. His wife also needed his full-time attention due to her dementia and he cared for her until her passing. He did enjoy his only grandson, Christopher, and most recently he became a great grandfather. His family was always important to him despite not always getting along with them all the time. After his wife’s passing, he became an easier person to get along with, and was able to mend important relationships that had been previously strained. He said “I love you”, and meant it, to the two most important people that were in his life just hours before he died. At least they have that to remember forever. He believed it was very important to appreciate your loved ones every day because you never know what tomorrow will bring (or take away for that matter)!
Terrence was proceeded in death by his parents, his wife Patricia and a grandson, Cameron. He leaves behind his daughter Angela Goodman (Guy) of Casper, his grandson Christopher Hick of Casper, a great grandson, Alex, of Casper, his twin brother Ted of Wheatridge, CO and his older brother Tom of Phoenix, AZ.

As soon as can be managed, his daughter and grandson will have a dedication to his many works of art that he produced throughout his life, either on a Facebook page or another format. Please be patient as it requires finding and getting permission to publish his art from those who own it, whether it be from collectors or from galleries. He did not have much of his own art left other than a few paintings hanging on the walls of his house and even fewer left in his studio. It had been many years since he produced any art that he deemed worthy to put his signature on. To honor his legacy as an artist is something that his family feels is their duty to him. He truly had a talent and the art world has lost a brilliant painter with his passing.