Lonnie Wayne Godfrey
Riverdale: Lonnie Wayne Godfrey, 76, our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2022 surrounded by his family.
Lonnie was born September 29, 1945 in Logan, Utah to Nathan Rulon and Flo Godfrey. Lonnie grew up in Clarkston, Utah. He graduated from North Cache High School in 1963.
Lonnie served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southern States Mission.
He was drafted into the US Army on November 7, 1967 during the Vietnam War and reported for Basic and Advanced Infantry Training (AIT) in Fort Lewis, Washington. Upon returning home from AIT, he married his sweetheart, Diane Roberts, on April 4, 1968 in the Logan Temple. After their honeymoon to Southern Utah, Lonnie reported for duty on April 12, 1968 and was sent to the front lines in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge.
Following his honorable discharge from the service, Lonnie and Diane made Riverdale their home in 1970 and raised their family there.
Lonnie studied Automotive Technology at Weber State College. He worked for UDOT (Utah Department of Transportation) as a Diesel Mechanic for 39 years. He repaired UDOT snow plows, tractors, dump trucks, and other equipment throughout Region 1.
Lonnie loved farming. He farmed the family ground of his youth with his brothers as well as his own ground. When he wasn’t farming, he could be found on the sidelines cheering for his children and grandchildren. He loved his family and was proud of all of their accomplishments in school and extracurricular activities. He loved being a grandpa to his grandchildren.
He was a friend to everyone and went out of his way to help anyone in need, especially his neighbors in Riverdale.
Lonnie was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as Bishop of the Riverdale 6th Ward of the Riverdale Utah Stake - among many other callings. He especially enjoyed his service mission with Diane where they served as service missionaries in the Jefferson 1st Ward in Ogden, Utah.
He is survived by his wife Diane, six siblings; brothers Lyman (Katherine), Udell (Deanna), Walter, John (Rosemary), Gail (DeeAnne) and sister, Loretta (Bill), five children; Michelle (Rory) Tatton, Lori (Blake) Watkins, JoLynne (Chad) Kotter, Nate (Bradeigh) Godfrey, Jeff (Becca) Godfrey, and 15 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Nathan and Flo, siblings Betty Priscilla and Glen, and daughter Angela.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 4, 2022 at 11 am at the Riverdale LDS Stake Center, 4000 Parker Dr., Riverdale, UT 84405. A viewing will be held Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 6 – 8 pm at Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary, 3333 W. 5600 S., Roy, UT 84067 and again Monday morning, April 4, 2022 at the Riverdale LDS Stake Center from 9:30 am - 10:30 am.
Interment, Clarkston, Utah Cemetery.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindquistmortuary.com