Ronald W. Godfrey Sr., 82, died Friday night, March 14, 2014, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center emergency room.
He is survived by his wife, Delores Chimelewski Godfrey.
Born in Brewster, N.Y., he was a son of the late Raymond and Gladys Smalley Godfrey. A graduate of Brewster High School, he worked as a brakeman for the New York Central Railroad and retired from PG&W. He was a Korean War
veteran and retired after 36 years from the 109th Infantry, National Guard, as a sergeant first class.
He was a former member of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church and held life memberships with the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 4909 of Dupont, of which he was a past post commander and the AMVETS Post 189.
He is also survived by one son, Ronald W. Godfrey Jr. and wife, Joan, Pittsburgh; three daughters, Mary Lees and husband, James, Scranton; Ann Shields and husband, Joseph, Scranton; Rhonda DeNunzio and husband, Frank, Lake Ariel; 15 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; four sisters, Ruth Roth, Marion Burdick, Dorothy Brady, all of Brewster; Lois Taylor, Danbury, Conn.; one brother, George Godfrey, Brewster; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Lesavage, on April 7, 1984; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Shields; two brothers, Charles and Raymond Godfrey; and one sister, Vivian Hyatt.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 262 Railroad Ave., West Scranton, 18505, to be conducted by the Rev. Myron Myronyuk. Interment will be private. Veteran services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Tuesday, by VFW Post 4909 and AMVETS Post 189. Interment will be private. Military honors will be accorded Wednesday after funeral services. Viewing for family and friends will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.