Stephen Earl Modlin

February 6, 1945July 6, 2018

February 6, 1945 - July 6, 2018

Stephen E. Modlin of Greencastle passed away at Hendricks Regional Hospital on Friday July 6, 2018.

Steve was born in Greencastle and is the son of Margaret and Damon Modlin. He graduated from Roachdale High School, class of 1961 and Hanover College, class of 1965. Stephen proudly served in the United States Navy for 22 years, moving his family 13 times before retirement in 1989. Steve was a fighter pilot, flying F4 Phantom Jets, and a Landing Signal Officer, training men to safely land aboard several aircraft carriers, while serving in Vietnam. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, and later became a Commander of the USN.

After retiring from the USN he wanted to spend more time with his family, moving back to Greencastle. Steve is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pat (Lacey) Modlin; son Brandt (Kacey) and granddaughter Emmie of Atlanta, Georgia; daughter Amanda (Stu) Macdonald and grandsons Hugh and Roy of Brisbane, Australia.

Steve was his family’s hero, stoic until the end. He will be remembered for being a decorated Navy man, but more so, a loving husband, and a brave, proud, Dad and Grandpa.

A graveside service will be held at Brick Chapel Cemetery on Monday, July 16, 2018. Those wishing to say farewell Steve, please gather from 10:30, with the service to begin at 11:00.


  • Visitation Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, July 16, 2018

Stephen Earl Modlin

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Allan Shaw

July 15, 2018

I'm glad to have known you, Steve. I Salute you .
Pat, my thoughts and prayers to you and family.
Allan Shaw

Andrea Wertz

July 13, 2018

Pat Modlin and Family

It was our privilege to attend first grade with Steve under leadership of our teacher; Miss Pickett. While attending Bainbridge School.

The classmate of B.H.S. send our condolences. We are proud of the many years Steve gave to our country, and the man he became.

God Bless,

Classmates of Bainbridge School

Wanda Fleming

July 10, 2018

Pat and Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Steve was a great land lord for my family on Columbia St. I always enjoyed the conversations I would have with him when he came for our rent or whatever repairs we needed. I also can never say thank you enough for your help you gave to Gary and I when we experienced our life changing event in 2007.
RIP Steve, you were here on Earth a great man and Heaven with our Lord Jesus is now yours with no pain.
Wanda Fleming and Family