George Henry Mace
George H. Mace, age 79, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church in Wisconsin Dells with Reverend Steven Keller officiating. Burial will be at Spring Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held at United Presbyterian Church on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.
George was born May 24, 1937, in Beloit, Wisconsin, the son of Henry and Marcella (Walter) Mace. From the time he was a child, George had an affinity for animals and the beautiful outdoors. While attending Lee Center High School, he wrote and published the National Trappers Digest. George grew up hunting, trapping, and fishing; using his knowledge to develop and distribute fishing and hunting lures nationwide. He attended universities in Illinois and Florida, majoring in journalism and participating in ROTC, and later served as a member of the National Guard. On January 12, 1961, he married the love of his life, Carol Eich, in Greenville, Michigan. George also farmed in the West Brooklyn, Illinois, area for many, many years. During visits to Wisconsin, he fell in love with the natural beauty of the area and developed a deep respect for the Native American culture, leading him to move his family to Wisconsin Dells in 1967, where he became a conservation article contributor for the Dells Events.
He shared his love of nature with his family throughout his life, indulging his children with a plethora of pets (foxes, ducks, dogs, cats, rabbits, flying squirrels, guinea pigs, raccoons, butterflies, and squirrels…just to name a few) without complaint. Watching the Green Bay Packers in the hockey tent during Wo-Zha-Wa Days with his children was a favorite annual tradition. He instilled a love of our great country and patriotism in all four of his children. George definitely had the “gift of gab” and always had a story or bit of wisdom to share. Many of his stories found him reminiscing about the good old days and his love of cars.
His family loved to tease him about his endless lectures, just one part of his passing that will leave a great void in their lives. Most of all, he truly relished his role as “Grandpa” to his 11 grandchildren. From horse and pony games, chocolate long johns and coffee, butterfly toast and hot chocolate, playing cards with his “night owl,” ice cream trips to DQ, taking them fishing, and avidly watching and supporting them in their sporting events (they considered him the greatest statistician and behind-the-scene umpire!), George’s legacy will live on in those he deeply cherished and loved.
George is survived by his beloved wife, Carol; his three sons, Cordell and Ladd (Jackie), both of Wisconsin Dells, and Taff (Heather) of Montgomery, Illinois; his only daughter, Tawnya (William) Blue of Sublette, Illinois; his grandchildren, Christopher, Ksenia, Kalen, Kinsey, Karissa, Kaleigh, Whitni, Ashton, Jenna, Teagan and Ryker; his step granddaughter, Callie; his furry sidekick, Bailey; a brother, Daniel; and a sister, Carla. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dawn; and stepparents, Frank Maier and Helen Mace.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Neuroscience Department at UW- Madison Hospital.
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