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GODDE, Lawrence (Butch) was born on December 10, 1927 with assistance of Mom Everett, to Tony and Marie Godde, early settlers of Antelope Valley. He passed away peacefully at home on January 12, 2010, surrounded by family, after a long battle with Alzheimers. Lawrence graduated from A.V. High in 1946 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War until 1952. Lawrence farmed alfalfa and grain for many years on the west side of the valley. He coached Little League and was active in 4-H with his children. From 1970-1987, Butch was a Reserve Deputy for L.A. County and retired as Captain. Beginning at a young age of 14, Butch was active in the A.V. Fair Rural Olympics until 1997. He competed for many years and then became a committee member. His son, Jeff and grandson have continued on with this tradition. Lawrence'shappiest times were spent with his family. His hobbies included camping, fishing and hunting. Lawrence was a gentle and kind man and will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Geraldine, his two sons, Jeff (Ruth) and Mike (Julie), and eight grandchildren. A special thanks to Family Circle Care, Stephanie, Sal and Leslie and also to Lisa, Patsie and Aurora from Hoffman Hospice. A Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church will be at 11:00 a.m.. A Military Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Lancaster Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to Hoffman Hospice, 1543 Palmdale Blvd. Suite N, Palmdale, CA, 93550. Arrangements entrusted to Halley Olsen Murphy Funeral & Cremations, Lancaster, CA.

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