say the early astronauts had “The Right Stuff.” Family and friends thought
of Guice Tinsley that way. He seemed larger than life, able to handle any
situation with cool confidence, charm, and a lively wit.
Henry Guice Tinsley
Jr., retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and former FAA official, died Jan.
12, 2018, after a battle with lung cancer and COPD. He was 86.
Guice was born in
Porter, Indiana, on Aug. 18, 1931. He was the son of Henry Guice Tinsley
Sr., a steel-mill foreman, and Effie Margaret Tinsley, a homemaker. Guice
was an adventurous and mischievous boy who loved to ride his horse, Trigger,
in rodeo races.
A natural athlete,
Guice ran track and played basketball at Chesterton High School. In his
senior year, the basketball team he captained made it to the Indiana State
Finals. He graduated in 1949.
Guice met Nancy
Kanold, who lived down the street, when they were children. Their older
sisters sometimes would babysit the two of them together. Guice and Nancy
formed a lasting bond, going on to marry in 1952 and remained loving
partners until Guice’s death.
As a student at
Purdue University, Guice took part in the ROTC program, training to become
an Air Force pilot. He graduated in 1953 with a BS degree in mechanical
engineering and entered the service.
Guice and Nancy
were already parents of a daughter, Terry Lynn, when they moved to
FŸrstenfeldbruck, Germany, where Guice was assigned to train former
Luftwaffe pilots to fly jets. A second daughter, Tracy, and a son, Michael,
were born in Germany.
The family returned
to the United States, where another daughter, Tammy, was born in 1959. They
eventually moved to Apple Valley, California, near Edwards Air Force Base.
Guice served in
Vietnam as a staff development engineer and tactical fighter pilot. He rose
to the rank of lieutenant colonel and received many commendations and
medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was invited to become
an Air Force One pilot but declined this honor because the job would have
kept him away from home too much.
relocated to Maryland, and after Guice retired from the Air Force in 1976,
he joined the Federal Aviation Administration, where he held a variety of
management positions. He also earned an MBA from The George Washington
University. When Guice retired from the FAA, he was honored with the
agency’s Distinguished Career Service award.
In Upper Marlboro,
the family built a Spanish-style house, a replica of their Apple Valley
home. Guice used the surrounding acreage to indulge his love of horses,
raising and racing thoroughbreds.
Guice and Nancy
were inseparable, traveling and doing projects together, and relishing each
other’s company so much that it was fun just to be around them. They enjoyed
frequent reunions with their children and grandchildren, as well as visits
from friends from around the world.
remember him as always being there for them, willing to drop everything and
help out with whatever challenges they faced. And he was an adoring
grandfather, proud of the accomplishments of his grandchildren, and
Guice is survived
by Nancy; their children Terry Lynn Tinsley, Tracy Tinsley Miller, Michael
Tinsley (and wife Adele), and Tammy Tinsley; grandchildren Shelly,
Stephanie, Matthew, Alex, Michael, Katie, Maggie Lynn, Brett, and Travis;
and great-grandson Jayden. Guice is also survived by his sister Georgianne
King and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased
by his sister Maggie Lynne Richards.
Guice’s family and
friends miss him tremendously, but they also cherish many warm memories of
his full and happy life. He was charming, outgoing, and full of life.
Spending time with him felt like a party.