For more than 40 years, James W. Geils has been servicing the greater Chicagoland area, providing funeral services dedicated to helping families in their time of need. As a new generation of Geils excellence begins, James is proud and honored to follow in his great grandfather, grandfather, and father’s footsteps, establishing his own business that stays true to the heart, soul, and legacy that is the Geils tradition.
From the very beginning, it seemed certain that this family’s professional skill, aided by skilled assistants and members of the families they served would be kept with the standard required for such a family business.
J.C. Geils, the first generation of directors, had been conducting a mortuary out of his York street residence and accomplished many great things there. He one day dreamed of opening a formal establishment to call his own. On Saturday, July 25, 1930, Mr. J.C. Geils opened this long awaited establishment.
Leonard H. Geils, second generation director, was born November 11, 1894. In 1924, Mr. Geils went on to graduate from Worsham’s Training School and remained an active director until his passing in 1977.
Born in Bensenville, John W. Geils graduated from Bensenville Community High School in the mid-1940s. After a stint in the Army, John worked in his early 20’s as a conductor for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road. By his late 20’s, however, John had gone to mortuary trade school and joined his father, Leonard, in the family’s funeral home business, becoming the third generation of Geils’ in the trade. In addition to working with his father, John operated an ambulance company, known as Geils Funeral Home Ambulance Service, until his family sold it in the early 1960’s.
Upon graduating in 1978 from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, James W. Geils joined his father, John W. Geils, in the family’s funeral home business, becoming the fourth generation of Geils’ in the trade. After interning with his father at the family business, James proudly became a licensed funeral director and embalmer, carrying on the family’s legacy, serving the surrounding communities that his father had served. Today, James continues to carry on his family’s legacy in many ways, including working alongside Superior Ambulance Services in honor of his father.
Mr. James W. Geils actively operates his own business, JGeils Funeral Services, in honor of the generations that proudly served before him.