William Godsey


THREE RIVERS, Mich. -- William L. Godsey, 77, of Three Rivers, Mich., formerly of Defiance, Ohio, passed away November 2, 2012, at home.

He was born December 10, 1934, in Hackleburg, Ala. On October 2, 1971, he married his wife of 40 years, Joanne Godsey, in Defiance, Ohio.

She preceded him in death on August 31, 2011. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Hester (Cox) Godsey; and eight siblings, Veto, Heddie, Agnus, Cora, Colya, Mozel, Wilma and Douglas.

He is survived by his children, Kimberly A. (Don) Robarge, Jeffrey W. Godsey and Karla D. (Sean) Malone; grandchildren, Richard, Kassi, Korey, Kevin, Chad, Brandin and Shane; great-grandchildren, Alex, Faith, Mya; and his sister, Virginia (Wallace) Serpas.

William worked for General Motors Corporation in Defiance, Ohio, through 1984 as a millwright. He loved camping, hunting, fishing and buying homes in numerous states throughout his life.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, 2959 N. Adrian Highway (M-52), Adrian, Mich. 49221. Cremation will follow. www.PurseFuneralHome.com.

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