Oliver J. Godfrey

Dec 18, 1921 - Nov 14, 2008

Oliver J. Godfrey

December 18, 1921 - November 14, 2008


Upland: Oliver J. Godfrey, 86, died at 10:29 p.m. Friday at Marion General Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born in Galion, Ohio the son of the late Roger and Alma (Miller) Godfrey. He was a 1940 graduate of Galion High School, and furthered his education as a graduate of Deforest in Chicago. He was a WW II veteran of the Army serving from 1942 -1946. Dorothy, his first wife preceded him in death in 1960. His son, David also died in 1976. He married Jean (Knowles) Nov. 28, 1964 in Lansing, Mich. They made their home in Upland where Oliver had moved in 1962. Mr. Godfrey enjoyed his various leadership roles in Boy Scouts of America He was also a former member of the Upland Lions Club, Upland Chamber of Commerce, where he served as President from 1986 - 1988. He always enjoyed making sure the Christmas lights were ordered and ready for the holiday. He was a member of the Upland Community Church. Prior to his retirement in 1984, he had been employed with North Electric, Galion (1941-1960), Tower Equipment Special Products, Galion, (1960), C.G. Printing, (Chenoweth, Godfrey), Reynoldsberg, Ohio. He served as director of the print shop at both Taylor University, and Anderson College. He also worked at United Brethren Publishing and most recently had owned Freese Printing and the General Shopper. He enjoyed flying, holding a pilot's license since 1946. His first plane he named "Humbug the 4th". He also enjoyed photography, and radio. Survivors include his wife, Jean; two daughters, Jean Klemczewski, and Martha Godfrey, both of Upland; two grandchhildren, Heather (Mike) Ihnen Marlow, Alex (Katie) Ihnen; and one great granddaughter, Lucy Ihnen. A sister, Martha, preceded him in death. Memorial donations may be made to the Upland Community Church, Gideon's International, or Taylor University Class of 1950 Scholarship Fund, 239 W. Reade Ave., Upland, 46989. Service: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 Upland Community Church 436 W. Berry Ave. Upland, Indiana Officiating: Dr. Jay Kesler, Rev. Bob Heilshorn Graveside Service: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2008 Fairview Cemetery Galion, Ohio Online condolences may be made at www.jones-smithfuneralhome.com Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Monday Jones-Smith Funeral Home 259 N. Main Street Upland, In 46989: also 10:00 a.m. Tuesday prior to the service at the church.


Services for Oliver haven't been added yet. Sign up below to be notified when the services are updated.

Let the family know who you are using our sign-in form below.

Just for verification: we never spam!

Get service directions in your inbox.

we never spam!

Get updates

Sign up to receive a notification daily whenever there is an update on this obituary.


we never spam!