John M. Modlish, Jr., 86, passed away March 7, 2015. Survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Diane Modlish; children, Julee (Jeff) Ashburn of Cary, N.C., Janet (Bob) Hospodar of San Diego, Calif. and Michael (Kristine) Modlish of Colorado Springs; brother, Jim (Linda) Modlish of Walsenburg; brother-in-law, John Gonacha of Boulder; and seven grandchildren. Preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Gonacha. John was born to John and Lillian Modlish on Dec. 28, 1928, in Chicago, Ill. He served in the US Army upon graduating high school, graduated from Denver University, then served six years as an officer in the Air Force as a bomber pilot. He retired after 36 years as a special agent from Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company. John was a certified master gardener and avid fly fisherman. He was a member of Mesa Bible Church. As per his request, there will be no viewing. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to SRDA through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. John was my Northwestern agent for nearly 20 years and I would like to think a good friend.
    My deepest condolences to the family- John was a very special person, we will all miss him.
    C Richard Donovan Esq.

  2. I remember how John started keeping up our Mom’s garden after Dad died. John would do the work and they would both enjoy the produce. After Mom died and we started living there, we just continued the same deal which worked well for all of us, as John had the large garden he so enjoyed working, and we got to enjoy the vegetables. As John began having some back problems and the gardening became difficult, we would all help with the planting, hoeing and picking. Then we’d take a coffee break and discuss all the problems with the world. John had some definite ideas, particularly when it came to politics and Christianity, and we had some great discussions. John was very dedicated to supporting missions, and he gave a good deal every month to several of them. I know God blessed him because of that devotion. We were all sorry when the gardening became too much for all of us to keep up, and then when John had to go into University Nursing center, but we have wonderful memories of tall John in his gardening hat out among the vegetables, happy as a lark. He quit planting corn because it was a restaurant for the raccoons every year, but other than that , we had so many delicious meals of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, squash, carrots, lettuce, radishes, beets, okra, peppers, etc. John was very generous with others, always giving produce to his fellow church members, and other people also. Every time I look out at that garden plot, I will see John working and remember our friendship. Our deepest sympathies go out to Diane and family in the loss of your dear husband and Dad. Praise the Lord, we will see him again someday in glory. God bless.

  3. Diane,
    Our sincere condolences for the loss of you dear husband, John. May the Lord comfort you during this time of sorrow and may you rejoice in the knowledge that John in Christ’s loving arms.
    Elena and Alan

  4. Diane and family,
    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. May beautiful memories ease your pain in this time of loss and may you find comfort in the loving arms of our Savior as He carries you along this path. John was a kind man and a good friend to my father, Lowell Keator. Thank you.
    Francie (Keator) Beaudette
    Model, CO

  5. As a retired Banker and part-time NML Agent, I can recall many pleasant visits with John when he called on me in Granada. Sorry that he has passed on before we could maker personal contact. My sympathy to the entire family.

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