In Loving Memory of Marion James Eley
September 29, 1932 - January 7, 2024
With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of Marion James Eley, a remarkable individual who touched the lives of many. Born on September 29, 1932, in Dayton, Ohio, Marion was a man of great intellect and kindness, leaving behind a legacy that will forever resonate in the hearts of those who knew him.
Marion's journey was one of knowledge and education. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1950, he pursued higher learning, eventually achieving a Master's Degree from Xavier University. His thirst for knowledge led him to obtain his CPA designation in 1966, becoming a beacon of expertise in the field of accounting.
As a young man, Marion served our nation with honor and dedication in the Navy from 1950 to 1954. His time stationed in Hawaii and Alaska brought him cherished memories and experiences that he carried with him throughout his life.
Returning from his service, Marion embraced his true calling as a professor of accounting. The University of Dayton became his professional home, where he imparted his wisdom and passion for the subject to countless eager minds. Highly esteemed and respected by his colleagues and students alike, Marion's commitment to education was recognized through prestigious accolades, including the University of Dayton Alumnus of the Year in 1996. He also received the coveted University of Dayton Emeritus Award and was honored as an esteemed member of the American Accounting Association.
Beyond his career, Marion's heart belonged to his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His face would light up with joy in the presence of his grandchildren, building treasured memories that will endure through generations. Sports held a special place in Marion's heart, whether he was listening intently on the radio or cheering from his living room. Baseball and softball were his passions, as he coached his sons in Little League and remained active in senior softball leagues well into his retirement.
Marion was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Shirley, after sharing 52 years of love, laughter, and cherished moments together, and his parents, Russell and Alice Eley. He leaves behind his sister: Sue Eley; and his children: Mike (Lisa), Debbie Kroger, Diane (Rick) Langston, and Mark. His memory will forever be cherished by his adoring grandchildren: Brad (Merissa) Eley, Nick (Bess) Eley, Matt Eley, Katy (Mike) Sugrue, Megan Kroger, Madelyn Kroger, Sarah Kroger, Lance, and Noah Langston. Additionally, he is survived by seven great-grandchildren, who will carry his legacy forward with love and pride.
We extend our deepest gratitude to the comforting staff at the Courtyard of Centerville, where Marion lived happily and experienced unwavering care and support. We also extend our heartfelt appreciation to Hospice of Ohio for their compassionate assistance during Marion's final journey.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in Marion's memory to the University of Dayton Scholarship Fund, carrying forth his dedication to education and empowering future generations.