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Feb. 11, 1933—April 9, 2015 George Decelles, 82, passed away April 9, 2015. George was born Feb. 11, 1933, in Deering, NH, to George Decelles Sr. and Florence Decelles. He graduated from Laconia High School in 1950 and served as president of Future Farmers of America. After graduating high school, he served in the U.S. Army stationed in Europe during the Korean War. Upon completing his military service, he finished a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of New Hampshire. During college summers, he worked as an ice cream delivery driver making stops at resorts and creameries around Lake Winnipesaukee. He continued on to graduate school at Iowa State where he earned a master’s degree and doctorate in food science. He married Ann-Elise Nicholls in 1959 and they had three children, Stuart, Paul and Amy and lived in New Hope and Plymouth, MN, for 22 years. He began his career at the Pillsbury Company and became director of research and development at International Multifoods, and Alberto Culver. He received honorary recognition from the Illinois Institute of Technology. George retired as owner and president of a consulting company specializing in quality control in food processing. On Jan. 2, 1989, George married Carol in Lake Forest, IL. They retired and moved to Fairfield Glade, TN, in 1999. Recently, they became “snowbirds” during part of the year living in the Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, FL. George and Carol enjoyed traveling the world together and spending time with friends and family near and far. His hobbies included reading, playing cards, solving Sudoku and playing golf. He was an active member of the Lions Club in Fairfield Glade and, while at Shell Point, he helped make small wooden cars for Toys for God’s Kids. He was a strong supporter of the Iowa State and University of New Hampshire Alumni Associations. Throughout his life, George was known for his good nature, his wry sense of humor and a quick smile. His children and grandchildren will always remember his interest and curiosity in their activities and willingness to help. Survivors include his wife, Carol; sons, Stuart (Beverly) and Paul (Cathy); daughter, Amy; three granddaughters, Melanie, Claire and Olivia; brothers, Joe Decelles and Roger Decelles; sisters, Kay Skodinski and Ruth Cummings, and also many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pat; and his first wife, Ann-Elise. A memorial service for George has been planned for May 9, at 2 p.m. at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church. Memorial donations preferred, in lieu of flowers, to Pulmonary Hypertension Association at www.phassociation.org/donate or call (310) 565-3004.
Published on  April 29, 2015
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