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Memorial Visitation

Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
Monday September 26th, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am

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Celebration of Life

Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
Monday September 26th, 2022
11:00am - 11:30am

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Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
Monday September 26th, 2022
12:30pm - 1:00pm

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Robert W. "Bob" Godfrey

Robert W. “Bob” Godfrey

Age 74 of Crest Hill, IL, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2022 at Hines VA Medical Center, with his wife by his side.

Born December 9, 1947 in Knoxville, Iowa, Bob was a son of Francis E. and Virginia M. (née Jellum) Godfrey. He was raised in Iowa and California. 

He was a retired Maintenance Engineer having worked in hotel and corporate industries.

At a young age, Bob was active as a Boy Scout, attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was a proud Vietnam Veteran having served in the United States Navy.

Bob loved camping and traveled with his wife, Brenda visiting 26 states. They lived on a Hobby farm in Tennessee for two years and enjoyed tending to their goats, chickens, llamas and donkeys. He was a collector of tools, enjoyed visiting Menards and Home Depot, attending car shows, and watching the Inspiration Network which featured Gunsmoke, many old time sitcoms and movies.

In 2019, Bob was privileged to attend the Honor Flight which recognized him and many others for their dedicated service to the United States Armed Forces.

Survivors include his loving wife of 20 years; Brenda S. (née Blankenship) Killian; children, Robert W. (Robin) Godfrey, Jr., LeAnn (Matt) Freeman, Jason (Christine) Killian, Mindy (Scotty) Hawk and Kimberlee (Jeff) Fink; twelve grandchildren; brother, Anthony (Sue) Godfrey; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and many special friends, too many to mention.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Francis E. And Virginia Godfrey; brother, Donald Godfrey and his first wife, Cynthia Ann (née Robbins) Godfrey.                                                                         


A Memorial visitation will be held on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 10 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Service at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60435. 

Bob will be laid to rest in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL following Full Military Navy Honors and Committal Prayers.       

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Bob’s memory to: Wounded Warrior Project - https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Relatives and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book by logging onto: www.PleseFuneralservices.com.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the genuine care and direction of Kenneth A. Plese, in Joliet, IL   815-735-2125.


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To my loving friend we will always remember you and miss you my children will always miss that wave and the good morning kiddos but we will always have you in our heart rest in peace from the family Torres

Patricia Torres Sep 18 2022 9:42 PM