James P. Geis, 64, 16550 Buckland River Road, Wapakoneta, died at 7:35 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, at his residence, following a nearly two year battle with cancer.
He was born Dec. 15, 1948, in Sidney, the son of Cleopha (Nuss) and Bernard Geis. He married Debora Potbury on June 27, 1975, and she survives at the residence.
He is also survived by three children, Laura (Ryan) Brandt, of St. Marys, Daniel (Crystal) Geis, of Winfield, Mo., and Scott Geis, of Wapakoneta; three grandchildren, Seth Brandt, Aleah Brandt and Hannah Brandt; three brothers, Jerome (Brenda) Geis, of Botkins, Carl (Sue) Geis, of Botkins, and Patrick (June) Geis, of Botkins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents.
He was a 1968 graduate of Botkins High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served a tour of duty in Vietnam during the war there. He had been employed as a welder at Brown Industrial in Botkins for many years and he retired from Honda of America, Anna. He also enjoyed assisting his son-in-law in the operation of Big Dog Steel in St. Marys.
James loved being outdoors, golfing and going camping. He loved welding and recycling metal into new, useful tools. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in St. Marys. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Funeral rites will be held at 10:30 a.m.. Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene in St. Marys, with the Rev. Tim Smith officiating. Burial with military honors performed by American Legion Post 323 and VFW Post 9289, will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, 314 W. High St., St. Marys.
Memorial gifts may be given to the First Church of the Nazarene.
Condolences may be sent to Jamesâ€™s family via Millerfuneralhomes.net.
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