Donald Dean Modglin

Born in Cambria, IL on June 6, 1924

Departed on August 18, 2009 and resided in Nashville, TN

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DONALD DEAN MODGLIN – Age 85 of Nashville, TN, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2009 quietly in his sleep, surrounded by his family after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Preceded in death by parents, Everett and Violet Modglin of Cambria, Illinois and wife, Roma Tyner Modglin. Survived by son David Modglin Debbie of Thompson's Station, TN, daughter Dara Modglin McGarry of Los Angeles, CA., and grandchildren Kimberly Modglin Woodard Justin and Chadwin Modglin. Don served with the US Navy in WWII in the Pacific Theatre on a Mine Sweeper, YMS 393, as an electrician's mate. He took part in the Invasion of the Philippines, as well as the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Upon returning, he became a mechanical engineer working with, among others, Wernher von Braun and Colonel Harlan Sanders. He was an inventor and wonderful artist with 30 patents and 1 copyright. His designs have been used by Kentucky Fried Chicken, Volkswagen, the Alaskan Pipeline, Aladdin Industries and the Saturn 5 Rocket. Visitation will be Thursday, August 20, 4 – 8pm at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090 Highway 100, Nashville TN and Friday 5 – 9pm at Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home, 322 N. Division, Carterville, IL. Funeral Services 10am Saturday at Riggin-Pillatsch. Interment immediately following at Hillcrest Cemetary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bill Franklin Memorial Fund at Vanderbilt Medical Center for Research Studies of the Brain care of Neuropathology, 1161 21st Ave S., MCN Rm C2318, Nashville, TN, 37232, 615-322-3998 or Alive Hospice 1718 Patterson St, Nashville, TN, 37203.

2 Comments to Donald Dean Modglin

  1. Dara
    August 20, 2009 12:00 am

    I miss you, Dad.

  2. Jennie
    August 22, 2009 12:00 am

    I used to wait on Don at a local restaurant during the past year. I really missed seeing his face after hearing he had cancer. I always imagined Don had lived a very magical life, even though I never really knew much about him, but I always kept the artistic “name” drawing he sketched for me on one of my first nights of working at the restaurant. I ended up placing it in my journal from 2008 and each time I looked at it, I knew he was a special man. After reading his obit earlier today, I smiled remembering his smile, and his charismatic charm that was originally just “Don”. Thanks for the smile Don, and for the artistry I will cherish all of my life.