OBITUARY

John Lewis VonDohlen

December 8, 1940July 3, 2019
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John Lewis VonDohlen, age 78, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Born in Nashville, Tennessee Sunday, December 8, 1940 he is preceded in death by his parents, Anthony Theodore and Thelma Louise Clymore VonDohlen.

Mr. VonDohlen was a Army Veteran; received his Bachelors from Tennessee Tech; his Masters from Georgia Tech. He worked for Motorola and GE; enjoyed playing tennis, golf and piloting his personal built airplane.

He is survived by his nieces, Kim Burton; Tammy (John) Harlin; and several great nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be conducted 11:00 Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Middle Tennessee State Veteran Cemetery where he will be laid to rest.

Family and friends will gather to remember Mr. VonDohlen at a visitation Monday, July 8, 2019 from 3:00 until 7:00 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home 1150 South Dickerson Pike, Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 8, 2019
  • A Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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Steve Power

July 9, 2019

John and I became friends after we moved next door to him in August 2000. We played a lot of golf together and I helped John on many evenings as he built his beautiful Van airplane. We also took many 'epic' bike rides on Sundays!

He loved his marathon tennis matches with Rodney and his daily trips to Starbucks. We finally decided it was best to not talk politics after years of disagreements. He was a great friend and neighbor and I will miss him.

Rodney McNeal

July 8, 2019

Quite simply the greatest man and friend that I have ever known. He is like my father,my brother;words cannot begin to express my sadness. My greatest , and truest friend is gone.
I LOVE YOU, John.

Matt Brnusak

July 3, 2019

Johnny was my best friend, my golf buddy, my mentor and my boss while he was living in Portland, Oregon. I owe him my successful career in the High Tech industry, as he selflessly taught me the basics of electrical engineering over several years.

John was truly a gentle man. I am happy that I was able to speak with him last week and thank him for making me the man I am today. I will miss him dearly. I will never forget him!

I can still hear him saying to me on the golf course, "Bust it Matthew"! I lost more golf bets to him, attempting to do just that, than I can remember! I was honored to witness his only hole in one at #2 at Rock Creek Country Club, at 176 yards that came out of the sky and flew right into the hole! A thing of beauty!

Bret Gutzka

July 3, 2019

I was privileged to know John from his time in Oregon and he remained my good friend for all most 40 years. I can truthfully say I owe him my successful career as he gave me my first "break" in High Tech and remained a giving and patient mentor all along the way. He became a friend to both me and my whole family.

Always a delightful true gentleman with a humble brilliance, he none the less had a very sharp sense of humor. This made him a great workmate and travel companion. I will always treasure his guidance, kindness, generosity, life and golf tips.

What a wonderful man. I will miss him dearly.

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