James P. Geis, 64, of 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 on Dec. 15, 1948, in Sidney, the son of Bernard and Cleopha (Nuss) Geis.
He married Debora Potbury on June 27, 1975, and she survives at the residence.
He is also survived by his three children, Laura (Ryan) Brandt of St. Marys, Daniel (Crystal) Geis of Winfield, Miss.; Scott Geis of Wapakoneta; by three grandchildren, Seth, Aleah and Hannah Brandt.
He is survived by three brothers, Jerome (Brenda) Geis of Botkins, Carl (Sue) Geis of Botkins and Patrick (June) Geis of Botkins; by 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 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 in 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, the Rev. Tim Smith, officiant.
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 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, 314 W. High St., St. Marys, where memorial gifts may be given to the First Church of the Nazarene.
Condolences may be sent to James’s family via MillerFuneralHomes.net.