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George Ice passed away January 10, 2012. Born in Tulsa, OK on "10-20-30", George moved to CA in 1942, where his father worked San Pedro shipyards and his mother riveted planes at Douglas Aircraft. He attended Compton elementary school and graduated from Compton High in 1949. Uncle Sam's draft call for the Korean War interrupted George's college endeavors, and his option to join the Air Force resulted in a two year deployment to Guam as a radar operator, followed by two years at Dow Air Base in Bangor, Maine, working as a military claims inspector. On Guam, he explored the island, hiking through the jungles, often encountering remnants of the Japanese occupation of the island. In Maine, he traveled all over New England and Eastern Canada and also took college courses at night in his avid pursuit of a college education. At the U of Maine, George met a life long mentor and friend in Professor Vincent Hartgan and studied art/philosophy under his tutelage. He also met his future wife, Jane Sanborn, while at Dow AFB. George was a dynamic, adventurous man, with an insatiable desire to seek knowledge and experience through travel, books, and education. After his military service, he married and under the GI Bill, completed his BA from Cal State University Long Beach, and MA from University of San Francisco. He became a much admired English teacher at South High in Torrance (1961-1991), where he enticed students to appreciate the beauty and power of words and literature, and the necessity of thinking for one's self. In retirement, George continued traveling the world, sailing, reading, taking classes and enjoying Maine summers on Branch Lake with family and friends. George was predeceased by his parents, Archie Ice and Gladys Katherine Jones; brother, Robert Layne; and sister, Barbara Nell McCoy. He is survived by Jane, his wife of 56 years; daughter, Valyrie (Willie) Ice-Harder; son, Jonathan and granddaughter, Amanda; his brother, Alan Bruce Ice; sister, Lorena (Richard) Meagher; sister, Brenda Requiso; favorite sister-in-law, Rosemary (Don) Robbins; and many nieces and nephews. He has gone in peace to explore the regions beyond, leaving his family and friends who will love and cherish him eternally.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 21, 2012
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