Donald Lee Lanius

Born on April 24, 1947

Departed on September 5, 2020 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Donald Lee Lanius, age 73 of Goodlettsville, passed away September 5, 2020. He was born to the late Fred and Violet Lanius in Nashville, TN on April 24, 1947. He was also preceded in death by his brother Dale Lanius. He is survived by his children, Brent (Kimberly) Lanius, Brian (Emily) Lanius, and Jamie Lee (Daniel) Tinnon; his beloved grandchildren who he adored, Caleb, MJ, Barrett, and Mazie; brothers, Fred (Pat) Lanius, Gene (Sheila) Lanius, Arnold (Pallie) Lanius, Ricky (Nan) Lanius; sisters, Billie Jean Walker, Judy (Ralph) Lee, Tonya Skelton, and April (Steve) Williams. Donald was retired from the Goodlettsville Fire Department, and was a veteran of the US Army. Visitation will be at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home Goodlettsville Wednesday September 9 from 2-8 pm, and Thursday September 10 from 12 noon until service at 2pm with military honors. Honorary pallbearers will be Heath Lanius, Richard Lanius, Steve Lanius, Jeff Miller, Hunter Skelton, Chase Skelton, Tim Lanius, Nolan Lanius, Kevin Wilson, and Scott Lanius. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to GFD Christmas in the care of Goodlettsville Fire Department 615-851-2245.

27 Comments to Donald Lee Lanius

  1. Nan Lanius
    September 6, 2020 2:37 pm

    D Duck you will be missed so much. How I loved to hear you call me Nanny. You are Safe Ans Healthy in HIS arms.
    Love you so.

  2. Arles Greene
    September 6, 2020 3:21 pm

    Our hearts and prayers are with the family during this sad time.
    Arles and Debbie Greene

  3. Tim Lytle
    September 6, 2020 3:46 pm

    Uncle Don you will be missed , Fly high your work here is done, RIP,

  4. Brian Matthews
    September 6, 2020 3:47 pm

    I will miss you my friend, you’re one in a million!

  5. Don and Vanessa Lanius
    September 6, 2020 5:02 pm

    We will miss you Ducky. You were a Hoot and we loved you.

  6. Jami Crecelius
    September 6, 2020 8:43 pm

    So sad to hear this… I know his family will miss him.. prayers of peace and comfort for you all🙏🏼

  7. Kelly Hudspeth
    September 6, 2020 9:23 pm

    My sweet Uncle Don “Duck” . So glad I got to be your family. Love you always.

  8. Suzie Hudgins/Jernigan
    September 7, 2020 8:57 am

    Don was always such a fun person to be around. He got the job done while being in good spirits. Prayers for his family as they go thur the hard days ahead.

  9. Jenny Davis
    September 7, 2020 9:28 am

    So sorry for your families loss. Many memories as a child at Union Hill racetrak….. My prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time. Much love to you all.

    September 7, 2020 12:51 pm


  11. Janelle Uselton
    September 7, 2020 1:45 pm

    Prayers for the family during this time.
    Rick and Janelle Useton

  12. Russell A George
    September 7, 2020 3:39 pm

    You will be missed you was one of akind a real man

  13. Jimmy Hughes
    September 7, 2020 5:27 pm

    Deepest condolences to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Regina Gatewood
    September 7, 2020 6:36 pm

    Uncle Donald, I know you are with our Lord now and having a joyous reunion with your mom and dad and Uncle Dale. I know your probably up there telling jokes and making everyone smile. My deepest condolences to all the family. My love and prayers are with y’all. God bless y’all.

  15. thomas george
    September 7, 2020 8:30 pm

    Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for Gene and the entire Lanius family.

  16. Donna & Rick Richter
    September 8, 2020 10:32 am

    So sorry for the family’s loss. Prayers and thoughts are lifted up for you.
    Donald was a great person, always happy, laughing and ready to help. We didn’t know him but a few years but he was for sure one of the most pleasant people we have ever known. He loved racing and cars and lake times were real happy memories for him.
    He rarely met a stranger and that was not for long, you could always gain a smile after just a few minutes spent with him.
    We are blessed to have known him and heaven is brighter since he arrived!

  17. Mike dowd
    September 8, 2020 11:36 am

    RIP uncle Don,you will be missed

  18. Sharon Troutt
    September 8, 2020 4:30 pm

    Prayers for the family. This is Charlotte Lanius Scott’s daughtet

  19. Fred Davis
    September 8, 2020 6:16 pm

    Don was a great guy and would help anyone who asked him. Proud to say he was a friend and know that his family will miss him. Prayers to the family.

  20. Wild Bill
    September 9, 2020 10:23 am

    We had fun back in the day. RIP Duck

  21. Rob Wheeler
    September 9, 2020 10:57 am

    I’m not sure I ever met a man with a more cheerful countenance than Donald. If you walked into Liz’s Cafe and he saw you, you would hear his morning greeting from across the room. It was a wonderful way to start the day. I will miss him. God’s grace to the family.

  22. Rita Upton
    September 9, 2020 1:34 pm

    So sorry for the loss of a long time friend, many memories of him and the Lanius family! He will certainly be missed by all who knew him. I pray God’s strength, peace, healing and love be with you all through this difficult time!

  23. Angie Butler
    September 9, 2020 2:21 pm

    Deepest condolences to all of the Lanius family and friends. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May our God comfort you all in this very difficult time.

  24. Tony Elliott
    September 9, 2020 7:04 pm

    My prayers go out to the family i will mis my brother. My Friend
    The good time we. Work together and laugh together he always had something to say and you would laugh together
    Family you will get through these hard times just trust Jesus in his mane and be patient and the hurt. Will soon go away.

  25. Charlie and Vicky Ignatz
    September 10, 2020 2:35 pm

    Donald, ” I need just a little bit of dirt “. Thanks friend, Rest in peace. Blessings to All. Michael

  26. Jay Leeman
    September 10, 2020 2:46 pm

    RIP Donald

  27. Scott Duerr and Marcia Davies
    September 14, 2020 10:52 am

    It was a huge blessing to have met and lived next to Donny. We absolutely adored this man. We will always remember his peach cobbler and blackberry jam he would bring over to treat us. We want to send peaceful thoughts and comfort to all of his family. Bless all of you.

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