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Richard B. Godman, Sr.

Born: Thu., Aug. 14, 1919
Died: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

Family to do services at later date

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Richard B. Godman, Sr., 235 Barlow Street, died peacefully Friday morning August 11 at SpiriTrust Lutheran Village in Gettysburg, three days before his 98th birthday. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Virginia (Pugh) Godman to whom he was married 74 years 11 months. Born August 14, 1919 in Baltimore City, he was a son of Arthur O. Godman, Sr. and Rose Myrle (Brooks) Godman.

Richard and his late wife were the devoted parents of Amie Godman Tannenbaum, Carole A. Godman and Richard B. Godman, Jr. all of Gettysburg and Beverly J. Proffitt of Hummelstown. Mr. Godman is also survived by grandchildren, Ellyn T. Schumacher, Cocoa, FL; Stefanie L. Fisher and husband Tremain, Nottingham, MD; Virginia A. Spencer and husband Brendan, Tinker Air Force Base, OK; and J. Frederick Fischbach and wife Rebecca, Orrtanna, PA; Jacob A. Godman and wife Shelby, Fairfield, PA; and the following great-grandchildren: Zoe, Xavier and Ella Fisher; Aidan, AvaGrace, Breya, Violet and Liam Spencer; Connor and Trace Fischbach.

Mr. Godman was a World War II veteran having enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Meade, MD and served until discharged in August 1946. He received the Army Occupation Medal (Germany), European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon (Italy), Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Ribbon. Like his brothers and brother-in-law who served in World War II, he will be interred in a military cemetery.

As a career Federal Government Employee, Mr. Godman worked exclusively at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, MD for 34 years and 8 months, retiring from service in June 1975 as both shop planner of ship building --- particularly Coast Guard cutters, buoy tenders and ice-breakers --- and supervisor of ship repairs.

In 1969, Richard joined the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company (Baltimore County Fire Department) and was Firefighter, EMT, Ambulance Driver, and Junior Fire Company Advisor. Over his many years of service to the Company, he held the administrative offices of Chaplain, Vice-President, President, Chairman of the Board and ultimately becoming a Life Member having served 20-plus years. In addition to his service with the Woodlawn Fire Company, Richard Godman also coached the Woodlawn Red Sox Little League Baseball team for the Baltimore County Recreation Council.

After retiring from the Federal Government and relocating to Gettysburg, Richard worked at Peter’s Funeral Home and also for a number of years at Zerfing’s Hardware in Littlestown.  He was an avid train buff, coin and stamp collector. Always the Baltimorean, he especially loved steamed crabs, oysters, the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens. He was a member of the Amvets Post 172 in Fairfield, PA.

A lifelong Lutheran, Richard Godman was married at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Baltimore by the Rev. Augustus Hackman in 1939, attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Rev. Hugo Schroeder), St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ellicott City, MD where he was a member of the choir and also Sunday School Superintendent. In Gettysburg, he and his wife were longtime members of St. James Lutheran Church. A Celebration of Mr. Godman’s Life will be held at a future date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. James Church, SpiriTrust Lutheran Village or Hospice of Adams County.


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