James R. Geyer, 94, of Newville, Pennsylvania, and formerly of Fayetteville, Pennsylvania and Lurgan, Pennsylvania, died early Saturday morning, June 26, 2021, in Newville.

Born in 1926 in Roxbury, Pennsylvania, he was the son of J. Emery Geyer and Florence Hollar Geyer.

His wife, Phyllis B. Geyer, preceded him in death in December of 2018. They married on May 26, 1951, in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

Surviving are daughters, Jan S. (Ron) Ruman of York, Pennsylvania, Jo G. (Walt) Treat of Orrstown, Pennsylvania, and Jill G. (Bruce) Weston, of Windsor, Connecticut. A granddaughter, Allison E. Ruman of York, Pennsylvania, also survives.

He was a graduate of Shippensburg High School. Institutions of higher learning attended include Shippensburg State Teachers College, where a Secondary Education program was completed. A Master’s Degree in Education was earned at the Pennsylvania State University and a Doctoral program with emphasis in Reading Education, Special Education and Speech Correction was completed at the University of Maryland.

He completed Postdoctoral work at the Pennsylvania State University, and authored several publications.

He began his teaching career at the Otterbein School in Lurgan Township, Pennsylvania, and later taught in the Carlisle Public Schools prior to moving to Shippensburg University. At Shippensburg University, he was Director of the Reading Programs and Director of the Shippensburg University School Study Council.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, and was a life member of the VFW.

He was also a member and Past-Master of the Orrstown Masonic Lodge, as well as a charter member and Past President of the Lurgan Township Lions Club.

Funeral Services will be held privately at the direction of the family.

The Cremation and Burial Society of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the James R. Geyer/Phyllis B. Geyer Scholarship Fund, Shippensburg University Foundation, 500 Newburg Road, Shippensburg, Pa. 17257.

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