John B. Godley, 97, passed away surrounded by people who love him, Monday evening (September 17, 2018) at Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic.
Friends and family are invited to calling hours for a “Celebration of Life” Sunday (September 23) from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mull Funeral Home, 113 Virginia Street, Waterloo. A funeral service will immediately follow at 4 p.m. His burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Waterloo Monday (September 24) at 11:30 a.m. with full Military Honors.
John had requested memorial contributions be directed to either North Seneca Ambulance, 1699 North Road, Waterloo, NY 13165 or St. Mary’s Church now St. Francis St. and St. Clare, 25 Center Street, Waterloo, NY 13165.
John was born on December 18, 1920 in Romulus the son of the late Leland L. and Helen S. (Williams) Godley. He graduated from Ovid High School in 1939. He served our country in the US Army from August 28, 1942 to November 12, 1945 earning the rank of PFC and became a scout in the Intelligence Reconnaissance Platoon working behind enemy lines in the Pacific Theater. He retired in 1982 from the Steamfitters and Plumbers Local Union 13 of Rochester. He enjoyed time with family, bowling, pitching horse shoes, golfing and traveling with his wife Ruth “Wynnie”, including trips to Myrtle Beach every winter. The Red Cross honored him for 25 years of volunteerism to the Meals on Wheels program. John was known for helping neighbors and his community wherever he could be of service. He lived life to the fullest. John was a man who kept his promises and put his family as a top priority. He was someone you could count on no matter what day or night; whether it be solving a problem, giving you a ride home, fixing your sink, or trimming your hedges. He advocated the value of exercise, healthy lifestyle, punctuality, integrity, honesty and strived to live by his most famous quote “not much bothers me, because you see in life you can’t let things bother you”.
He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Daniel) Bauer of Waterloo; granddaughters Kristin (Aaron) Bauer-Gross and Carolyn (Edward) Bauer-First; great-grandson, Edward John First; and nephew, Bill (Karen) Berry.
John is preceded in death by his son, Jeffery Scott Godley; and his wife of 65 years, Ruth W. (Urquhart) Godley, whom he married on July 29, 1946 and who passed away on Monday (July 25, 2011).