James A. Siwo, 77, of Wilberforce, Ohio, passed away on November 6, 2018, at home with his family. He was born to Hezron and Damaris Okundi in Kenya. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Florida Siwo, as well as five children including daughter, Elizabeth and sons—Andrew, Robert, J. Thomas, and Michael, in addition to three grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Siwo attended primary and secondary school in Kenya where he earned top of class honors all of his years. His academic success brought him to the United States to further his studies. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors from Wilberforce University and The University of Dayton, he excelled in accounting and ascended to the position of Chief Accountant at a leading American manufacturing company.
His passion for academia led him back to the classroom where he taught at several colleges in Ohio, including his alma mater, where he served as a dean and professor. He had a magnetic personality and was a strong advocate for education resulting in his five children collectively earning thirteen degrees.
He was a member of Holy Trinity A.M.E. Church and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Since his retirement, he used his personal time and resources to build homes for the needy, supported orphan children, sponsored international students to further their education in the United States, and counseled entrepreneurs.
Local arrangements are being handled by Donald Jordan Memorial Chapel. Public viewing will begin at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 15, 2018, followed by funeral services starting at 11:00 am. Both events will occur at Faith Community United Methodist Church, located at 100 Country Club Drive, Xenia, Ohio 45385. A separate and final funeral and burial will occur in Kenya.