James W. Geils

February 4, 1958 – August 18, 2023

James William Geils, lifelong resident of Bensenville IL, part-time of Siesta Key, FL passed away Friday August 18, 2023,  surrounded by the ones he loved the most. Beloved husband to Debbie (nee Kass). Proud and devoted dad to Monica (PJ) Conroy and Gina. Cherished, fun-loving and adored Papi to Finn, Cal and Iyla Conroy. Dear Uncle to Brian, Heather, Brandon and Rebecca. Fond cousin to the late Tommy, Bobby and David Dohe. Brother-in-law to Cindy, John and Randy. JGeils was a cherished friend to many and will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him!

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leonard and Alva; father, John W; and in-laws, Bob and Irene Kass.

Jim was a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for 45 years in Bensenville and its surrounding communities, an empathetic man who dedicated his life to helping people. He was an avid golfer and a lifelong Chicago sports fan.

In his honor, a Celebration of Life will be held at Salt Creek Golf Course, on Sunday September 24, 2023 from 12-5PM with a small service at 2 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Make a Wish Foundation, would be appreciated.

For funeral information, please call JGeils Funeral Services at 630-306-1008.

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25 Comments

  1. Our deepest sympathies to Debbie and the whole family!!! Gone to soon!! He truly will be missed. Rest In Peace my dear friend!!

  2. I am so sorry, my heart and prayers go out to your whole family.. so devastating and he was taken too soon. We are so blessed to have met him and heard so many lovely memories Becca shared and my Josh too. So grateful to call you all family and please let us know if you need anything
    Hugs to you all we will see you soon

  3. Jimmy was a great friend to the Trent family and will be dearly missed. Our deepest condolences to the Geils family.
    Paula Trent Fox

  4. My deepest condolences. Jimmy was so kind and caring to my family during the time of our loss, and for that I am forever grateful. Such a huge loss for the community, he will be missed.
    Sending the family my love and keeping you in my prayers.

  5. I known him since grammar school a wonderful person he handed everything for me when my parents, brother and mother in law passed he made the tough times easier and could not have been more compassionate and understanding he will truly be missef

  6. Debbie, I’m so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  7. I’m so saddened by this loss. Jim and I go way back as kids. Jim’s older brother and I were classmates from first grade on and his family and mine were close friends and part of a bigger group of friends and families that got together often for all kinds of fun events. I remember my family celebrating summer holidays together with the group at outdoor picnics at each others houses. Lots of crazy memories and wonderful fun times. Those were some of my fondest memories of my childhood and of the community of Bensenville. Jim was one of the last of the old guard of Bensenville who loved our town much as I did.

    More recently, when my Aunt Ruth passed away at 97 years old, Jim was who I called to take care of the arrangements. He knew her well from all the gatherings with our families and from Sunday school, where she had been superintendent years before. He could not have been kinder and more compassionate at that time, as he had been over the years when helping my Aunt make funeral plans. I will always be grateful to him for his appreciation of my Aunt and for all the stories we exchanged about our families and people we knew. We not only lost a special person, but also a piece of Bensenville’s history. Rest in peace Jim and know your life made an impact.

    My condolences to Jim’s loved ones and may his memory forever be a blessing.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with Debbie,Monica , her husband and children and Gina. We also extend our thoughts and prayers to all his friends and Family who really cared about him 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  9. My deepest condolences to all of you.
    I am a grandaughter of “Aunt” Alva’s sister, Ella.
    “Jimmy” was younger than I and I only have childhood memories of being together at family gatherings and playing together. He lived on York, we almost directly behind him on Center St.
    I always have thought of
    “Jimmy” fondly. He was a sweetheart.

  10. Hope the entire family will deal with this deep family loss. I knew John class of 69 at Fenton for many years. The family and its services helped ours through difficult times, many times. JR

  11. Just saw the posting of Jim’s passing. I am one of those long time people from Bensenville. Not sure if your father ever mentioned my father, Walter Kehoe but he and John Sr. grew up together going all through school and he helped John with the ambulance service.
    I knew Jim many years and he was so kind when my mother passed away.
    A very compassionate person he whole life. I feel more like I’ve lost a family member more than just a friend.
    My most sincere sympathy to you and all your family. I know you will carry on the Geils name with honor.

  12. I just spoke with him a mere two weeks ago. I was reaching out to let him know, that although it had been years since we had seen him, or talked with him, or had him do anything for the family, I was grateful for the things he had done in the past for us. I told him he was so appreciated for his kindness and professionalism. He share with me some of his success and how proud he was of his family. He took great pride in mentoring his daughter in the Funeral Business. May he rest in peace….

  13. The Guzman family is saddened and shocked at the loss of our friend and neighbor. Jimmy. The Geils family has been a part of many of our families’ lives at the most heartbreaking times, in dealing with the loss of our loved ones. Jimmy has been a good friend to so many, going out of his way to comfort our families with love and kindness. Our prayers are with the Geils family. He will be sorely missed. God Bless.

  14. There are no words to convey the sadness we feel as you mourn the loss of your Husband, Father and Poppie. Jim was one of the sweetest, kindest Men we have ever known. He will be missed terribly, especially by his adoring Grandchildren, Finn, Cal and Iyla. God Bless you all!

  15. Sincere condolences. My memories go way back….many years ago on the baseball field. Always a friendly smile and great demeanor. Heaven bound.

  16. I attended school with Jimmy and in the same graduation class. He was always that guy who would have a smile on his face. I live a block away frommthe Funeral home and family home so we would see each other on a regular basis. Way to you and way to soon. My deepest condolences and prayers on the way up for all family and friends.

  17. Debbie and the whole family, I am so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. I will always remember the joy we shared in Houston, volunteering at the convention center after Katrina. May his memory forever be a blessing.

  18. Debbie, Gina and Monica; I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our hearts and prayers.

  19. We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We have fond memories of him visiting with family & friends at WVU. May you all find peace and carry his legacy with you.

  20. Dear Geils Family,
    Jimmy was a dear friend to my older brother Jim Norton. They had played softball together for many years back in the days. He also helped our family in many times of grief when loved family members or good friends passed over. Jimmy will truly be missed but will be welcomed by so many of our loved ones who are all in a much better place. My thoughts and and prayers go out to Debbie and the entire Geils family. And please know that Jimmy really will be R I P – Resting In Paradise !!!🙏😇♥️. Take care & God Bless – Mike Norton

  21. I learned of Jim’s death on Friday night, Aug. 29. I am so very sorry to learn of Jim’s death. I saw Jim over the past several years at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Bensenville when a funeral mass was celebrated at the church and Geils Funeral Home was in charge of the wake (visitation). I was in charge of setting up and taking down for all funerals at SCB and Jim made it a point to thank me for my services and when I to assisted Fr. Josh Miller with the funeral mass. Jim was a classy guy! My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Debbie and the entire Geils family. Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. It was a pleasure and honor to have know you, Jim. God Bless.

  22. Just finding out about Jim’s passing. He gave me my first shot in the funeral business and I am continuing on to this day in this challenging industry. Thank you and condolences to your family.

  23. Jim was a good friend and baseball player. He played left field while I played shortstop for Fenton. He played varsity as a sophomore. Good player, good kid.
    Jim was a big help when my father passed away, very compassionate. He will be missed.

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Thank you Jim Geils

To all the families that have supported my father, Jim, throughout his 45 years as a funeral director, I hope you will continue to let me serve you moving forward.

Filling my father’s shoes, will not be an easy task and something I will forever strive for; however, he has given me the knowledge, guidance, experience and lasting relationships within the funeral industry that will hopefully make this transition possible.

He was my confidant, superior but mostly my biggest fan. I know he will be with me always, leading and guiding me to be the best funeral director I can be.

I will continue my father’s legacy as best and for as long as I can, with your love, help and support.

Sincerely,
Monica Geils Conroy
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer