Donald Paul Agee, age 90, of Cookeville, TN, passed away at home surrounded by his family, on May 23, 2023. Don was born on January 3, 1933, to Willard Agee and Florence Gase Agee, in Detroit, Michigan.
He met his soulmate, Martha Schulte Agee while serving in the USAF. He would spend many of his leaves hitchhiking back to Michigan to spend the weekend with his fiancé. They were married on September 3, 1955, and were together for 66 years until her passing on October 7, 2021. Together, they raised six children on their farm in Northern Michigan.
Don was a great husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was loved and respected by his ever-growing family. In addition to his six children, he had ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He taught his children great work ethics and that hard work and perseverance paid off. He was a man of faith and was a long-time member of St. Mary Cathedral parish in Gaylord and later at Holy Redeemer Church in Vanderbilt, Michigan. He served on the school board at St. Mary’s while his children were attending school there. He worked for many years at Standard Products in Gaylord, then at GenCorp in Wabash, Indiana. He was a skilled engineer and developed two automotive patents while employed with GenCorp. He worked hard and retired and built his dream home on the most beautiful hillside in Northern Michigan.
Donald is survived by his children, Dave (Pam) of Traverse City, Daniel (Renee) of Baxter, TN, Douglas of Plainfield, IL, Karen of Gaylord, MI, and Laura Lanuti of Cookeville, TN; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Louis Agee of Missouri.
Don was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Martha; his son, Mark; his parents, Willard and Florence; and his brother, Ken.
While we are all sad here on earth to lose our dad, brother, grandpa, and great-grandpa, we are happy to know he is once again reunited with mom, Mark, and his family and friends that have gone before him. With faith and belief in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross for us, we are promised to be reunited one day with him.
A memorial service will be held on June 24, 2023, at the Presley Funeral Home, 695 Buffalo Valley Rd. Cookeville, TN 38501, beginning with visitation at 2:30 p.m. and services to follow at 3:00 p.m…
7 comments on “Donald P. Agee”
My love continues and pours out to both dad and mom. Thank you for the life you’ve given me, my brothers and sisters who are my best friends in life, and for giving me direction…through life, love and faith…without this I would have nothing. I feel blessed for having you as parents, and more importantly as friends. You are my rock, my family and the substance and foundation that I continue on in this life. I love you both…until we meet again…🙏🏻🙏🏻 I will miss you dearly. 🥲
Nicely said Dan. We lost Rosemary on February 17 and I miss her every day.
My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the extended Agee family, but especially Doug, Dan, Dave, Laura and Karen. I grew up with the Agee family and Doug is one of my best friends to this day. Don (Mr. Agee lest my parents slap me from the heavens) was a constant and influential fixture in my life. As much as I liked Mr. Agee and enjoyed life amongst the Agee clan, the word that keeps popping into my head is RESPECT. I held and hold the man in such huge respect. Respect as a husband and family man. Respect as a pillar of his community. Respect for his work ethic and faith in God. Respect as a man who cared about me. I am truly sad. However, as I reflect upon it, I am happy for the wealth of great memories.
Well stated, Joe, and I feel the same.
To all the Agee family, my sincere condolences. Our time growing up together in Gaylord with each other’s families is special. Don and my Dad Richard and our beloved mothers were a lot alike raising great kids in a loving family environment.
My condolences to the entire family
So, sorry Dan for your loss. You and your family our in your prayers