DOVER - TSgt. U.S.A.F. (Ret.) DeWayne D. Godfrey, 87, of Dover, passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at his home surround by loving family. He was born on July 13, 1924, in LuVerne, Iowa, to the late Glenn and Mathilda Hamlow Godfrey. He was an inactive member of American Legion and the Walter L. Fox Post # 2 in Dover. He and his late wife were foster parents from 1969 till 1981, providing a home for excess of 50 foster children. Mr. Godfrey joined the Civilian Conservation Corp at the age of 17. He joined the Army Air Corp in 1943 which eventually became the United States Air Force. He retired from the Air Force in 1964 and retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1974. He served during World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War, serving in India, China, Tinian, Guam, Hawaii, Kwa Jalien, Saudi Arabia, The Congo, and France during his military career. He arrived in Dover in 1959, stationed at Dover Air Force Bace. He retired from Reichold Chemical as lead compounder in 1989 after 23 years. He enjoyed model trains and making model airplanes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Godfrey; sister, Darlene Rose Godfrey; brother, Arlo Godfrey; and son-in- law, Donald L. Melvin Sr. He is survived by three daughters, Monica R. Godfrey of Napa, Calif., Lora Godfrey of Bear, and Ethel and husband Larry Melvin-Reed of Dover; son, Robert Godfrey of Virginia; three granddaughters, Honore Danielski of Napa, Calif., Crystal and husband Tim Horvath of Napa, Calif., and Lauri Larlham of Dover; four grandsons, Christopher and wife Sandra Godfrey of Hartly, Russell Godfrey of Bear, Donnie Melvin of Wyoming, and Mason Godfrey of Pennsylvania; five great-grandsons, six great-granddaughters, and several nieces and nephews of Iowa, New Jersey, and Colorado. Celebration of Life Services will be 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Trader Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be in the Garden of Meditation at the Sharon Hill Memorial Park, Dover. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to
, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720; Delaware Hospice, 911 South DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901;
, 200 Continental Dr., Suite 101, Newark, DE 19713; or
, 100 West 10th Street, Suite 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801. Letters of condolence may be sent to www.delmarvaobits.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Published in NewsZapDE on Feb. 27, 2012