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Richard Godschalk

Richard Allen Godschalk, 84, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2022.

Funeral services will be Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 1 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home with family present to greet friends at 11 a.m.

Richard (Dick or Smokey) Allen Godschalk was born July 2, 1937, to Albert F. and Mildred E. Godschalk in Glendale, CA. The family moved to Meade, KS and settled in Dupree, SD in 1949, where they farmed and ran a custom combining operation. Dick graduated from Dupree High School in 1955 and then enlisted in the Army. He went to basic training at Fort Chaffee, AR, served time at Fort Benning, GA and finished his Army enlistment in Germany. After completing his enlistment in the Army, he returned to Dupree for a year and a half, and then enlisted in the Navy for 4 years.

He was stationed in Newfoundland during his Navy career, which is where he met the love of his life, Florence. They were married October 20, 1962, at The Basilica of St. John the Baptist in St. Johns Newfoundland. They then transferred to Charleston, SC where he completed his 4 years enlistment. They then moved about the country a little, living in Dupree, SD , Tioga, ND, Billings, MT, Lemmon, SD and eventually moving to Sioux Falls, SD growing their large family all along the way.

Dick spent his lifetime taking care of his family, driving trucks and working as a mechanic. Trucking was his favorite thing, but he was a very talented mechanic and could fix anything that needed fixing, no matter whether that was a car, a computer, a washing machine or a chicken coop! In 1995 Dick achieved one of his dreams and started his own shop, Marion Road Auto Service, where he worked with his sons and was definitely the brains behind the operation. He went back to trucking, doing short, in town hauls in 2006, and retired from that in 2016. Dick had an amazing mind and memory; he remembered everything, right down to the serial numbers of the tractors they had when he was growing up! He loved antique tractors and was always looking to add to his John Deere Collection, He was also an avid race fan and rooted for The Intimidator, Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Grateful for having shared his life are his children; Sheila (Daryl) Hoebel, Donna Elledge, Richard F. Godschalk, David Godschalk, Edward (Jolene)Godschalk, daughter-in-law, Danielle Godschalk; his grandchildren; Ryan (Sara) Grochow, James (Kathy) Elledge, Jennifer Elledge, Jay Dean (Samantha) Elledge, Shauna (Troy) Bonestroo, Madison Godschalk, Joshua Elledge, Jackson Godschalk, Grace Godschalk and Anderson Godschalk; 8 great-grandchildren, his sister, Janice Marple; special family friend Eleanor Eagle Bear and many brother and sister-in-laws, nephews, nieces and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Mary Godschalk, his daughters, Linda Green and Brenda Godschalk, his son-in-laws, Burl Elledge and Gene Green, his parents, Albert and Mildred Godschalk, his sister, Glenna Godschalk and his brother-in-law, Pat Marple.

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