Lawrence Frank Godwin
Lawrence “Larry” Frank Godwin, 90, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at his home in Shelton, WA. He was born December 31, 1921 in LaJunta, CO to Frank Rather and Dorothy (Carter) Godwin. Larry served in the US Army during WWII and received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was with the 10th Mountain Division that climbed Mt. Belverdere in Italy and surprised the Germans. Larry was married to Stella Gibbons and Betty Pierce, both who preceded him in death. He worked as a Fire Security Chief from Albany, OR to the Canadian border for the Simpson Timber Company from 1941 until his retirement in 1982. Larry was a member of VFW Post #1694 and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Shelton. He enjoyed wood working, metal work (wrought iron), hunting, rock climbing and repelling. Larry is survived by his sons, Ronnie F. Godwin (Linda) of Port Orchard, WA, Ross Godwin (Lena) of Langley, WA; eleven grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife’s, Stella and Betty; parents, Frank and Dorothy Godwin; brother, Floyd; sister, Bernice; daughter, Lawrie; and grandson, Kevin. Memorial donations may sent to Mason County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1694, PO Box 1694, Shelton, WA 98584 or the Mason County Historical Society, PO BOX 136, Shelton, WA 98584. Viewing will be held at McComb Funeral Home, 703 W. Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA from 9 am to 5pm on Wednesday, September 26th and Thursday, September 27th. A funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2nd Ward, 1200 Connection Street, Shelton, WA on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 10:00 am. Military honors and burial will be at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 1:00pm. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve the family.