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1937 Curtis 2021

Curtis S. Tice

December 17, 1937 — December 13, 2021

Visitation for Curtis S. Tice, 83, of Independence, IA, formerly of Palatine, IL, will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021, from 10:30 AM until the time of Funeral Service at 11:30 AM at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine. The Interment will take place at Randhill Park Cemetery in Arlington Heights.

Curtis was born in Edmundston New Brunswick, Canada 12/17/37. He graduated from Maine Township High School in Park Ridge, IL, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After marrying the love of his life, Gail Marie Anderson, they settled and raised their family in Palatine. He served in Air Force Reserve at O’Hare Reserve Station as a medic. He was employed by Richard Rush Studios first as an architectural modeler and later as a senior modeler for museum displays. His work ranged from models of the Pioneer spacecraft to the Masjid al-Haram Mosque in Mecca to full-size models of dinosaurs and whales. Chicago classics he helped create include the coal mine, model railway (both the original and the update!), the walk-through heart and the transparent anatomical mannequin at the Museum of Science and Industry and coral in the Caribbean Reef tank at the Chicago Shedd Aquarium. Later he taught continuing education classes in antique furniture restoration. Curtis served on various boards and committees with St. Paul UCC, was a member of the American Legion and was a Community Emergency Response Team member.

Curtis was the loving father of Dawn (Robert) Magliola, Dorothy (the late Hassan) Loutfi and Daniel (Kimberly) Tice; grandfather of Dale, Grace and Ryan (Alli) Magliola, Andrew, Elizabeth and Isabella Loutfi, Michael and Madeline Tice; brother of Sharon (George) Gregg, sister-in-law Lauratta (the late Harry) and brother-in-law of Gloria (Charles) Schulze.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Gail Tice (nee Anderson); son-in-law Hassan Loutfi; brother-in-law Gary Anderson; brother Harry Tice Jr.; and parents Irene and Harry Tice Sr.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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