James W. Geibel, 74, of Oakwood, passed away Feb. 5, 2011, at The Hospice of Dayton surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Parkersburg on March 20, 1936. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard E. and Zoe C. Geibel. James is survived by his wife, Beverly Holland Geibel of 53 years; son, Jeffrey (Sandra) of West Chester, Ohio; daughter, Valerie Wells (Scott) of Mason, Ohio; five grandchildren, Erin, Jordan and Jimmy Geibel, Andrew and Ashley Wells; and a brother, Donald E. of Parkersburg.
James was a graduate of Parkersburg High School and West Virginia University where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in English, and he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He received a Ph.D. in English literature from The Ohio State University. James served in the U.S. Air Force in Madrid, Spain where he met his wife Beverly and later married on the Rock of Gibraltar. James taught English at The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, Sinclair Community College and Miami Jacobs Junior College. In addition, he was also a government contractor at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Being an avid supporter of the arts, he enjoyed his employment as a security guard for the Dayton Art Institute. He was an award winning published author with the book, "The Blond Brother," and had a book review column for the Dayton Daily News and a commentary column "From Where I Sit" for the Oakwood Register.
Family will be receiving friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Schlientz and Moore Funeral Home, 1632 Wayne Avenue. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions in James' name may be made to The Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420. Online tributes can be made at www.schlientzandmoore.com