Wayne L. Modesitt, 67, of Cory, died Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis from complications from leukemia.
He was born Aug. 23, 1936, in Cory, the son of Ernest and Frances Hull Modesitt. He graduated from Cory High School, Class of 1954. On Jan. 28, 1956, he married Barbara Edwards Modesitt.
He retired from Amax Coal/Kindell Coal Company, Minnehawhaw Mine. He served in many capacities while at the mine and last worked as a heavy equipment operator.
He was an active member of Cory Zion United Methodist Church and enjoyed teaching Sunday school there. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 390 in Riley; the Scottish Rite, Valley of Terre Haute; and Zorah Shrine and was Past Master of the No. 390 Lodge.
He was also a member of United Mine Workers and served as past president.
He was a life-long farmer. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially in the western states and in Alaska. He and his family enjoyed camping in their recreational vehicle. His hobbies also included working in the garden, woodworking and welding crafts.
He is survived by his mother, of Riley; his wife, of Cory; two sons, Rick Modesitt and wife Kathy of Terre Haute and Phil Modesitt and wife Martha Ann of Lubbock, Texas; one daughter, "Tam" Ray and husband Doug of Terre Haute; seven grandchildren, Taryn Ray and Tiffany Ray, Louann Modesitt, J.R. Modesitt, Brooks Modesitt, Peyton Modesitt and Macrae Modesitt; one brother, Alvin Modesitt and wife Barbara of Cory; two sisters, Wanda Hilton of Riley and Elaine Collins and husband Ray of Terre Haute; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home with the Rev. Anthony Ferrell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Riley. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and again Saturday prior to services. Masonic services will be held Friday at 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia/Lymphomna Society or the Aplastic Anemia MDS Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.