John (J.D.) Godek

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John (J.D.) Godek, 82, of Buena Vista, and a West Scranton native, died Monday evening at Walden's View of North Huntingdon after an illness. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Fran M. Woolley Godek, on Jan. 15, 1999.

Born in Scranton on March 15, 1936, son of the late John J. and Lottie Gora Godek, John was a graduate of West Scranton High School, class of 1954, before attending the University of Scranton. A private first class (T) in the United States Army, he received the Good Conduct Medal to acknowledge his service to his country before his honorable discharge in 1963. A construction supervisor, he worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania before his retirement.

A longtime and faithful member of St. Patrick's Church Parish in West Scranton, J.D. served as a Mass usher and was a member of the church's Society of the Faithful. A loyal fan of the PSU Nittany Lions, J.D. was also an avid runner. Throughout his life, he was able to proudly trek on foot through every county in Pennsylvania and every state in the United States. Now at peace, he will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his daughters, Kim Styche and husband, Bill, Buena Vista; and Karen Godek, Hazleton; his sister, Barbara Jurnock and husband, Joseph, Allentown; two grandsons, Ryan Styche and wife, Kimberly; and Tyler Styche; a great-granddaughter, Scarlett Styche; and nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Anne McGill.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Fox, pastor. Burial with military rites by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow at the Cathedral Cemetery. Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects Friday, Nov. 16, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Visit the funeral home's website for directions or to leave an online condolence.


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Published in Scranton Times from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2018