Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 13, 2013

Richard 'Rick' Godden

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Richard “Rick” Godden, 63, of Rapid City, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Munson Hospice House. Rick was born on July 21, 1949, in Jackson, the son of LaVern and Dorothy (Hetcher) Godden.

After he graduated from Parkside High School in 1967, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

In 1976 Rick moved to Torch River, where he raised his family and operated the Torch River Pit Stop. Rick was a hardworking, honest man who led by example. Many consider him a legend, but he was a mentor to all.

Rick was a proud father, and family was always his top priority. He enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, golfing, hunting and especially loved spending time with his friends and family.

Rick is survived by his companion of 20 years, Karen Herczak; sons, Josh (Tiffany) Godden and Zach (Marie) Godden; and his dear grandchildren, Olivia, Garett, Mason and Claire.

Rick’s parents and brothers, Ron and Mike, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., on Thursday, March 14, with visitation one hour prior, at Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids. There will also be visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. today, March 13, at Covell Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made payable to Godden Family Fund, PO Box 183, Williamsburg, MI 49690.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids; (231) 264-5666.