Obituary for Jack Modlin of Dawson


Funeral services for Jack Modlin, 93, of Dawson will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at Murdock Funeral Home.

Pastor Jill Leveck will officiate, and Mona Holmstrom will be the organist. Burial will be in Violet Hill Cemetery with Military Rites.

Pallbearers will be Adam Modlin, Zach Modlin, David Modlin, Andy Modlin, Brent Halling and Thomas Blair.

Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Jamison, Fran Jamison, Roger Thompson, Bill Kempf, Bill Joy and Leroy Tibben.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5–7 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home.

Memorials will be directed to the American Diabetes Association in Jack’s name and may be left at the funeral home.

Jack passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Rowley Memorial Masonic Home.

Jack Thornton Modlin was born Aug. 18, 1922, in Perry, Iowa, the son of Earl B. and Helen (Kelley) Modlin.

Jack attended school and grew up as a farmer, spending his entire life in the Bouton, Minburn, Dawson and Perry area. He spent from 1943–1945 in the Army Air Corps 88th Division during World War II.

He returned home to farm in the Dawson area in 1946 and to marry Barbara J. Jamison Feb. 12, 1949, in West Des Moines.

Jack also worked for forty years for the ASC/FSA office in Adel.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Perry Elks Club and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Modlin, of Dawson, now residing at the Rowley Masonic Home; one son, Steven (Jane) Modlin of Dawson; one daughter, Joanne Modlin of Dawson, now residing at Rowley Masonic Home; one brother, Lester “Buck” Modlin of Minburn; one son-in-law, Terry White of Shady Shores, Texas; four grandchildren, Adam Modlin and Zach Modlin of Dawson and Jennifer (Karl) Atencio and Kristi White of Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Mychal and Landry Hill of Denton, Texas.

Preceding Jack in death were his parents, Earl B. and Helen (Kelly) Modlin; one daughter, Janet White; and three brother,s Dave, George and Bob Modlin.

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