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Leland Godfrey

Leland Charles Godfrey

Monday, December 22nd, 1941 - Monday, January 4th, 2021
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Obituary

Leland Charles Godfrey (Butch), age 79, passed away on January 4, 2021 after a long illness. Leland was born on December 22, 1941 in Muskegon, Michigan. He was retired from the State of Michigan after working at the Muskegon Correctional Facility for many years as a correctional officer. In his younger days, he worked on the SS Badger in Ludington, Michigan, which was the last coal-fired passenger vessel operating on the Great Lakes and was designated a National Historic Landmark on January 20, 2016. He also worked for the Anaconda Wire Company and Brunswick Corporation.

He was enthusiastic about his hobbies that ranged from being a model train enthusiast, bowling, ham radio, computers, electronics, shopping, and as an aquarist over his lifetime. He also devoted years of research into compiling our family tree. He loved dogs, hated the heat, and enjoyed driving fast.

He is survived by his oldest daughter, Diana Godfrey Barker and his granddaughter, Sarah Barker, both of Florida. He is also survived by his ex-wife, Carol Godfrey Bercume, of Virginia, having had a close relationship later in life, and his longtime friend, James Linderman (Jim) of Michigan.

He was predeceased by his youngest daughter, Deborah Godfrey (September 2019) and leaves two other grandchildren, Seth Chiles and Kenzie Godfrey, both of Virginia. He was also predeceased by both of his parents, Clayton Charles Godfrey, and Florence Godfrey McEntaffer.

In following his wishes, no service will be held.
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