James William Semler, 72, of Fairfax, Va passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 43 years, Yvette M. Semler. James was a devoted father to David Semler (Tracy), and Michael Semler (Katie). He was a loving grandfather to Claire and Caroline Semler, and uncle to Kimberly and Paul Sullivan.
James was the son of the late Roland and Marguerite Semler. He attended Davis & Elkins College where he played soccer and was on the 1968 NAIA Championship team. Following graduation he served 5 years in the Navy and upon discharge attended pharmacy school at Ferris State. James settled in northern Virginia and embarked on a 42 year career as a pharmacist at Arlington Hospital. He enjoyed coaching youth soccer, working in his yard, attending sporting events and outings to the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap with friends. He was a devoted father and grandfather who loved going to the beach with his family and setting up Easter Egg Hunts for his granddaughters.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Fairfax Memorial Park, 9900 Braddock Rd Fairfax, VA 22032 at 2pm. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. (https://www.curemeso.org/)