George J. Argeris, 88, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, died January 9, 2020 at Davis Hospice Center.
George was born on May 12, 1931, in Tensleep, Wyoming and raised in Worland, Wyoming. Upon graduation from Washakie County High School in 1949, he attended and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1954 with a B.A. degree in International Affairs. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1954 to 1956 and was honorably discharged with a special Letter of Commendation from his commanding officer for exceptional service.
Upon returning to Wyoming, George attended law school at the University of Wyoming from 1956 to 1959 and graduated with a degree of Doctor Juris and was admitted to the Wyoming Bar for the practice of law in 1959. Upon graduation from law school, George was employed by the State of Wyoming as an Assistant Attorney General from 1959 to 1963. Upon leaving the Attorney General’s Office he was employed by the U.S. Foreign Claims Commission in Washington D.C. from 1963 to 1968 as a supervisory attorney. Thereafter he was employed by the United States Information Agency in Washington D.C., a sister agency to the U.S. Department of State, where he served from 1968 to 1972 in various legal capacities, including Chief Counsel for the Voice of America Radio Network and thereafter from 1972 to 1974 as the Deputy General Counsel of the Agency and as the acting General Counsel.
George returned to Wyoming in 1974 to engage in the private practice of law as a senior partner with the Cheyenne law firm of Guy, Williams, White, and Argeris until his retirement in 1998 continuing as “of counsel” with the firm for a couple of years and thereafter as a “semi-retired” sole practitioner of the law.
George was a life-long member of the Wyoming, Laramie County and American Bar Associations as well as the American Defense Lawyers Association. He served as a past president of the Laramie County Bar Association and recently as a board member of the Wyoming College of Law Alumni Association. He was admitted to practice before the Federal District Court for the District of Wyoming, all state courts, the United States 10th District Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Claims and the United States Supreme Court.
George was a member of the honorary societies of American Delta Kappa, Chi Gamma Lota and was listed in several Who’s Who publications including the America Bar Association and Federal Bar Lawyers.
George enjoyed both classical and western music, golf and traveling. During his life time, including time in the military service, federal employment and thereafter in retirement, he traveled extensively world-wide. He especially enjoyed summers at the family mountain cabin in the Big Horn Mountains, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, and fishing.
George was preceded in death by his parents, John and Martha Argeris; his sister, Marie (Theodore) Sackos; and his brothers, Jim (Helen) Argeris and Tom (Brook) Argeris.
He is survived by a niece, Jayme (Tony) Locke of Casper, Wyoming and by nephews, John (Caren) Sackos of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Michael (Hyung) Sackos of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Gregory (Milissa) Sackos of Paradise Valley, Arizona, Tawn Argeris of Buckeye, Arizona, Brett (Marcy) Argeris of Worland, Wyoming, and Nick Argeris of Florence, Arizona, and their respective children.
A Trisagion Service will be held at the Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. with a funeral service on Thursday, January 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. An interment service will be held on Friday, January 17th at 11:00 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Worland.
In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to the Cheyenne Medical Center Foundation, 214 East 23rd Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001.
Services are entrusted to Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001.