Born August 25, 1918 in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan to Albert Edward Godfrey and Nina Gertrude Pearce, passed away peacefully on January 29, 1991 at his home in West Valley City.
He served in the US Army and Army Reserves from 1936 until his retirement in 1978. He retired as Sargent first class. He served in the US Army Criminal Investigation Command, specializing in forgery and document examination where his work and character was rated as "Excellent". In addition to his service in the US Army, he retired after 34 years of service to the people of Oakland, California as a Sargent in the Oakland Police Department.He continually sought to increase his knowledge and was a self-educated and a self-made man. He was keenly aware of world events and their effects upon his children and grandchildren. He was a loving and dutiful son and provided for his mother faithfully for many years until her death in 1958. He had a strong paternal sense and was a wonderful "Daddy and Grandpa".
His greatest concern was the happiness and well being of his children and grandchildren. After his retirement from the Oakland Police Department, he left his friends and associates behind and relocated to West Valley City, so that he could be here with his kids, and grandkids. He maintained correspondence with many people over the years and he will be missed by all of his friends.
He is greatly loved by his children, we have been the grateful recipients of his love and council all our lives, and there will be a longing for his fond embrace until we meet again. His grandchildren loved their grandad and will remember his love and kindness throughout their lives. His grandchildren brought him great joy as he often said. He loved to have neighborhood children visit him. He sponsored Easter egg hunts for them, and was known by them as Grandpa Ralph.
He was taught this lesson by his father; "Don't worry so much about what you are paid, as what you are worth..." and he lived according to this all his life. Our beloved father will be sorely missed, but now he is with his mother and father, and we are at peace regarding his happiness, and pray that our hearts might be happy also. Goodnight, Dad, we love you and thank you for everything you have been for us.
Survivors; children, Patricia Anne and Kent Barben, Frank Harrison and Kathy Godfrey, Lorraine Kay Godfrey; eight grandchildren, Tyler Kent Barben, Aaron Harrison Godfrey, Michael Richard Godfrey, Claire Merinda Barben, Kimberly Ann Godfrey, Trent William Barben, Camille Patricia Barben and Alexander Frank Godfrey.
Funeral services will be on Friday, 12 noon at the Redwood Memorial Estates, 6500 South Redwood Road, where friends and family may call on Thursday, 6-8 p.m. and also on Friday one hour prior to the services.
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