John C. Geels Jr., 85, of Decatur, passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at his residence. He was born in Decatur, Indiana on January 14, 1936, the son of the late John C. Geels Sr. and the late Dorothy (Steigmeyer) Geels. On January 16, 1978, he married Carol Durbin.
He was a lifelong farmer and actively farmed till last year. In addition, to farming he was employed for G.E. in Decatur for 20 years.
John was an avid and accomplished golfer and for many years he played the steel guitar in the Geels Family Band & Southbound.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol Geels of Decatur, Indiana; a daughter, Yvonne (Darryl) Hill of Zanesville, Indiana; two sons, Steve Geels of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Fred (Tina) Geels of Monroeville, Indiana; three stepdaughters, Linda Orme of Decatur, Indiana, Peggy (Joe Andrews) Hedrick of Decatur, Indiana, Catina (Kevin) Wrozek of Sherwood, Michigan; a stepson, John (Colette) Anderson of Decatur, Indiana; three sisters, Esther Mowery of Decatur, Indiana, Alice Kline of Decatur, Indiana, and Marcille (David) Wall of Fort Wayne, Indiana; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by two step daughters, Kim Bennett, Andrea Orme; one grandson, Michael Beitler; two brothers, George “Fred” Geels and Francis Geels; and one sister, Helen Loshe.
A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home. Father David Ruppert will be presiding and burial will immediately follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home in Decatur.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Arrangements handled by Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home.
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