He was born Sept. 25, 1924, in Terre Haute, to Orville and Rose (Armstrong) Modesitt.
Following his mother's untimely death, his father married Mazo Scharf, who raised he and his siblings.
He graduated from Brazil High School in 1942. Dick served his country during World War II, in the United States Marine Corps, being honorably discharged. During his military career, he served in the South Pacific as a Master Sergeant.
Upon his return home, he married Jean Lister on Oct. 12, 1947.
Mr. Modesitt worked for Bridge Port Brass as a Master Electrician for 38 years. Dick enjoyed being involved in the community. Some of his involvements included Knightsville Lodge No. 409, we he served as secretary for many years. He quite often traveled to other lodges in the area and was always ready to assist in their degree work. He was also active in all three degrees of the York Rite of Freemasonry and held memberships in Chapter No. 22, Council No. 107 and Commandry No. 11, which was located in Greencastle.
He also volunteered for the Wabash Valley Boating Association and served as Editor and Past Commander from 1965-66 and served as secretary from 1966 until the present time. He also served as vice president for Clay County Community Theatre.
He was also a life member of the American Legion and Order of the Elks. Dick was a member of the Brazil First Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon for 21 years. In his free time, he enjoyed working on computers and keeping up his property. He also enjoyed working with all community organizations.
He was preceded in death by his father, brother Glen Modesitt and son Richard E. Modesitt Jr.
He is survived by his wife Jean, Harmony, mother Mazo Modesitt, Brazil, son Robert Modesitt, Winter Park, Fla., brothers John Modesitt and wife Jane, Syracuse, Ind., Joe Modesitt and wife Janice, St. Louis, and Robert Modesitt, Simpsonville, S.C., sister Irene Mix, Brazil, grandchildren Paula Ruedebusch and husband Dave, Fort Collins, Colo., Sarah and Joe Huston, Deltona, Fla., brother-in-law Jim Lister and wife Jan, Chesterfield, Mo., nieces Lisa Carlucci and Gretchen Farrell and daughter-in-law Barbara Bowlen and husband Jim, Bloomington, and son Jim.
Services will be at French Funeral Home, Saturday, July 12, at 10 a.m., with Rev. Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow at Croys Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m., Friday, with Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
To light a candle in his memory, visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com.