Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 12, 2013

Richard 'Rick' Godden

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, Mich., 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., on Wednesday, March 13, at Covell Funeral Home.

Please share your condolences at Memorial contributions may be made payable to: Godden Family Fund, P.O. Box 183, Williamsburg MI, 49690

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

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