Wayne L. Modesitt, 67, of Cory, passed away July 20, 2004 at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis from complications from leukemia.
Born Aug. 23, 1936 in Cory, he was the son of Ernest and Frances (Hull) Modesitt. On Jan. 28, 1956 he married Barbara (Edwards) Modesitt.
He graduated from Cory High School in 1954. He retired from Amax Coal/Kindell Coal Company, Minnehaha Mine. He served in many capacities while at the mine and last worked as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the United Mine Workers, and served as past president. He also was a life-long farmer.
An active member of the Cory Zion United Methodist Church, he also enjoyed teaching Sunday school there. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 390 in Riley, the Scottish Rite, Valley of Terre Haute, the Zorah Shrine and was Past Master of the 390 Lodge.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially in the western states and in Alaska. He and his family also enjoyed camping in their recreational vehicle. His hobbies also included working in the garden, woodworking, and welding crafts. He also was the loving owner of "Lucky."
Survivors include: his mother Frances Modesitt of Riley; his wife Barbara Modesitt 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; several nieces and nephews and extended family.
Funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Clay City with the Rev. Anthony Ferriell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Riley.
Visitation will be today from 4-8 p.m. and again Saturday prior to service at the funeral home. Masonic service will be today at 7 p.m.
The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society or to Aplastic Anemia and MDS Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.