Mills & Mills Funeral Home & Memorial Park

5725 Littlerock Road Sw, Tumwater, WA


Gary A. Modun

October 8, 1943February 1, 2018
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Gary Antone Modun, 74 yrs old, passed away peacefully in his sleep of natural causes Feb. 1, 2018 at home in Tumwater, WA. He was born to Rudolph F. an Sophie H. Modun in Aberdeen, WA. Gary lived in the greater Olympia area since 1974.

He graduated from Weatherwax High School of Aberdeen, WA in 1961. He then attended Central Washington State College, graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of the Liberal Arts degree. On May 20, 1966, Gary married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Miller in Aberdeen, WA.

Gary worked for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services for over 30 years, retiring in 2002.

He was a devoted husband and father. He was very passionate about his hobbies that included collecting stamps, coins, and spent civil war cartridges. However, he was most recognized as an award-winning runner winning several ribbons, medals, and trophies from local races.

Gary is survived by his devoted wife of 52 yrs, Dorothy, son, Sean, daugher in law, Simone, and sister Launa Gomez.


  • Celebration Of Life Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Graveside Committal Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Reception to follow Graveside Monday, February 12, 2018


Gary A. Modun

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gary gozart

December 11, 2018

I just learned of Gary's passing and I was sure saddened by the loss of this great guy. Gary and I shared a couple of things. We are Harborites and grads of AHS. I worked with Gary for many years and I can honestly say that he was one of the finest men I have ever known, humble, kind, honest, and a joy to be around because of his wonderful sense of humor. The world is not as kind without him and I too will miss him.

Mark ONeill

February 15, 2018

Gary was certainly a gentleman and condolences to his whole family. I remember his hobby of coin and currency collection and we shares some good conversations about that. After he retired would still see him keeping up with his running and would give him a wave.

Martin Felix

February 13, 2018

What a great guy. I will really really miss Gary, and I keep instinctively checking my email for Gary's political commentary, and his responses to my rants. Gary is one of the few people I have ever known, who always treated people with kindness. I appreciated his love of family, and his love of animals. He was once embarrassed, I think, to have my filthy car in his driveway, so he washed it, and thus it got its annual bath. He was always so humble about his own knowledge and abilities....

Janie Hibler

February 12, 2018

Dorothy, I am so sorry that you lost your wonderful husband of 52 years! My deepest condolences to you and your son. I think of you so often and our incredible childhood, growing up together in Arcata. It warms my heart to know you had such a long, and happy marriage, it's so well-deserved.
Love, Janie

Helen and Bernie Johnson

February 12, 2018

Dorothy and extended family, so sorry we are out of town and cannot attend Gary's celebration of life..but please know we hold you in our thoughts and prayers. Chance meeting up with you, but at that time did not comprehend the pain you were going through. We will miss seeing Gary jogging up the streets of Tumwater. He told me one time he does that so he can eat his bag of cheetos..love you all.

Bill (prote)and Sandee Mills

February 10, 2018

Dorothy/Sean, So sorry for your loss. I will miss my "coach", work mentor, and friend. He was a good man and a very devoted family man. Sandee loved working for him because he too was not a morning person. We will both miss him very much. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers

Karl Stumpff

February 9, 2018


I was heart broken to hear about Gary's passing today. I cannot express in words how sorry I am that he's gone. Even though the time in which I got to know him was brief, I learned enough to know he was a good man. Should you need anything please dont hesitate to ask.

I will be raising a glass in his honor tonight

Rhiannon Bunce

February 9, 2018

I will miss watching Gary sleep in my lobby waiting for Dorothy to finish physical therapy. My heart is sad for loosing a great guy. Love to you Dorothy and your family.

February 8, 2018

We are so deeply sorry for you loss.
Greg & Lynn Dickey

Dea Lindsey

February 8, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss. Gary, Gary, Bill, Rich and John all taught this young adjudicator about work ethic and balancing life. I do recall Bill and Gary letting me know that I wouldn't be a 'true' WA runner until I got myself some Gortex, and I did. Now, running in the rain is one of my favorites! I owe my first marathon in Portland to them. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


At the beach 1962.


Married - May 20, 1966


Wedding Cake - May 20, 1966


U.S. Navy San Diego, CA. 1966


U.S. Navy San Diego, CA. 1966


With Navy buds - San Diego, CA. 1966


Home from Navy.


Birthday Dinner - October 8, 1966


1966 VW Beetle - the first of many VWs driven by the Moduns.


Landed on Boardwalk! Circa 1970s with Ron Schauer.