Ralph Eugene Godsil (1932 - 2012)

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Ralph Eugene Godsil

Weslaco, TX

Ralph Eugene Godsil, Sr. 80, passed away November 16, 2012 at the Aurora House in Weslaco, TX.

Ralph was born on June 4, 1932 in Galesburg, IL. to Richard A. Godsil and Ruth Crow Godsil and the Godsil family moved to Estherville, IA in 1940.

Ralph graduated from Estherville High School and married Shirley Osberg in 1950. He served in the Army with tours of duty in Wurzburg Germany and Ft Benning, GA. After the Service he worked for Golden Sun Feeds, transferred to Des Moines; later, retiring as an engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years Shirley Godsil, Daughters: Marcy (Chuck) Hintz, Beverly (Greg) Rourke, Susan (Dan) Wood, seven grandchildren, 15 great- grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. Sibilings: Gen (Sam) Torrence, Kate (George) Anderson, Stanley (Sue) Godsil, Anita Tjepkes and many loving relatives.

Ralph worked hard, played hard, loved friends and family and lived life to the fullest.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, beloved son Ralph Godsil Jr. his brother Richard L. Godsil, sisters Shirley Kunath and Donna Godsil.

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Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 7, 2012
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