In memory of
Michael Earl Godsil
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In memory of
Michael Earl Godsil
GALESBURG -Michael Earl Godsil, 80, of Galesburg, died at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019, at home. Mike was born April 19, 1938, at home in Knox County, the son of William A. and Eleanor F. (Walker) Godsil. He married Mildred "Mickey" C. (Mehaffey) Behrens on July 23, 1971, in Las Vegas. She preceded him in death on July 14, 2009. Mike is survived by two sons, Gary (Kathleen) Reagen of Plymouth, Minnesota, and Marvin Behrens of Galesburg; three daughters, Leah Behrens of Galesburg, Diana Smith of Galesburg, and Nancy (Roger) Fones of Galesburg; seven grandchildren, Nick Fones, Justin (Kristin) Fones, Nathan (Erin) Reagen, Josh (Jessica) Reagen, Jay Behrens, Reagen Behrens, and April (Bill) Hughes; seven great grandchildren, Kaelyn and Keegan Fones, Cameron, Ian, Hope, Max, and Wes Reagen; and an honorary grandson, Donivan (Heather) Godsil, and an honorary granddaughter, Ellen (Ben) Petrila. Mike is also survived by seven sisters, Alice Timmerman of Omaha, Nebraska, Beatrice (Gary) Lundeen of Galesburg, Colette (Melvin) Slane of Peoria, Christine (Ricky) Cooper of Glencoe, Cecelia (Dan) Shea of Gilson, Loretta (Jerry) Bent of Oneida, and Julia (Tex) Jackson of Galesburg; five brothers, Patrick (Donna) Godsil of Galesburg, Dan (Jane) Godsil of New Windsor, Jess (Janet) Godsil of Galesburg, Kevin (Connie) Godsil of Galesburg, and Paul Godsil of Port St. Lucie, Florida; and one brother in law, Joe "Bud" Mehaffey. Along with his wife and parents, Mike was preceded in death by one son, Patrick M. Godsil; four brothers, Gordon, George, Stephen, and Matt. Mike worked for International Harvester for over 30 years, retiring in 1993. He served in the U.S. Army. Mike was an avid collector of Farmall (IH) Tractors. He loved to read, especially western books and watching western movies. To Mike family was everything. He loved having his family together and it was important to him at Christmas for all the family children to receive a gift. He will be remembered as a man with a heart of gold and a great story teller. Cremation rites will be accorded. A celebration of life will be 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Thomas Legacy Center at Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor's choosing in memory of Mike. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.
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In memory of
Michael Earl Godsil
GALESBURG -Michael Earl Godsil, 80, of Galesburg, died at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019, at home. Mike was born April 19, 1938, at home in Knox County, the son of William A. and Eleanor F. (Walker) Godsil. He married Mildred "Mickey" C. (Mehaffey) Behrens on July 23, 1971, in Las Vegas. She preceded him in death on July 14, 2009. Mike is survived by two sons, Gary (Kathleen) Reagen of Plymouth, Minnesota, and Marvin Behrens of Galesburg; three daughters, Leah Behrens of Galesburg, Diana Smith of Galesburg, and Nancy (Roger) Fones of Galesburg; seven grandchildren, Nick Fones, Justin (Kristin) Fones, Nathan (Erin) Reagen, Josh (Jessica) Reagen, Jay Behrens, Reagen Behrens, and April (Bill) Hughes; seven great grandchildren, Kaelyn and Keegan Fones, Cameron, Ian, Hope, Max, and Wes Reagen; and an honorary grandson, Donivan (Heather) Godsil, and an honorary granddaughter, Ellen (Ben) Petrila. Mike is also survived by seven sisters, Alice Timmerman of Omaha, Nebraska, Beatrice (Gary) Lundeen of Galesburg, Colette (Melvin) Slane of Peoria, Christine (Ricky) Cooper of Glencoe, Cecelia (Dan) Shea of Gilson, Loretta (Jerry) Bent of Oneida, and Julia (Tex) Jackson of Galesburg; five brothers, Patrick (Donna) Godsil of Galesburg, Dan (Jane) Godsil of New Windsor, Jess (Janet) Godsil of Galesburg, Kevin (Connie) Godsil of Galesburg, and Paul Godsil of Port St. Lucie, Florida; and one brother in law, Joe "Bud" Mehaffey. Along with his wife and parents, Mike was preceded in death by one son, Patrick M. Godsil; four brothers, Gordon, George, Stephen, and Matt. Mike worked for International Harvester for over 30 years, retiring in 1993. He served in the U.S. Army. Mike was an avid collector of Farmall (IH) Tractors. He loved to read, especially western books and watching western movies. To Mike family was everything. He loved having his family together and it was important to him at Christmas for all the family children to receive a gift. He will be remembered as a man with a heart of gold and a great story teller. Cremation rites will be accorded. A celebration of life will be 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Thomas Legacy Center at Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor's choosing in memory of Mike. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.
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