Donald H. Goddard

 


Donald H. Goddard, 95, returned to his heavenly home on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at The Living Centre in Stevensville, Mont. He was born Nov. 14, 1920, in LaPorte City, Iowa, the son of the late Harry H. and Nellie (Fordyce) Goddard.

He was raised and attended schools in LaPorte City and Clinton, Iowa graduating from Lvons High School in 1939. He entered the service Feb. 10, 1941. In WWII, he flew B24s and made the Air Force a career. He married the love of his life, Bernetta M. Wilke, on Sept. 7, 1945, in San Bernardino, Calif. Bernetta shared Don’s passion for the Air Force and embraced every new adventure.

He retired in 1964 and moved into the city of Glasgow and became an insurance adjuster, avid racquetball player and outdoorsman. He was a past Grand Patron of Eastern Star, a Mason, a Shriner, a member of The American Legion and enjoyed the Aeronuts in Stevensville.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Bernetta Goddard; brothers, George, Rolland and Orville Goddard, half-brother Gary Thomas and half-sister Joyce Kelle.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Benson and her husband, Alan; two granddaughters, Tori Maclean (James DesRosier) and Angie Mickles and her husband, Terry; three great-grandchildren, Dylan Maclean and his wife, Haley; Jacob Maclean and his wife, Becca; and Emily Mickles; a sister, Evelyn Birge; a half-sister, Erma Huebner; four half-brothers, Jim, Paul, Les and Vern Goddard; and special nieces and nephews.


Funeral Services were held Oct. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Missoula with a viewing at 9:30 a.m. Gravesite services with Military Honors will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.

Whitesitt’s Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Don’s family would like to thank all the wonderful nurses, CNAs, aides, cooks, office staff and adminstration and special activities angels at The Living Centre in Stevensville for their loving care.

The family suggests that memorials be made to The Living Centre, 63 Main Street, Stevensville, MT 59870; First Lutheran Church, 2808 South Ave. W, Missoula, MT 59804; or any charity of your choice. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at http://www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.

 

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