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Raymond Godden

Raymond LeRoy Godden, son of Glen & Viola (Laird) Godden, was born February 17, 1947 at Creston, Iowa. Raymond grew up in the Kellerton area and attended country school at Grand River before graduating from Grand Valley High School.

Raymond's lifelong career and love was for trucks: red Peterbuilts in particular. At 16 years of age, Raymond began driving a rock truck for Charlie Gorman. He would eventually drive a milk route picking up the raw milk in the Kellerton area. He had a bread truck route delivering bread to southern Iowa and northern Missouri; and he would eventually move to over the road truck driving delivering a variety of products cross country.

Raymond's other passion and love was for his Lord. He moved to Dallas, Texas and graduated in 1985 from Christ For The Nations College with an Associate in Theology. Raymond ministered on the road and preached Jesus Christ to all he met. His passion for driving trucks lasted 51 years but his passion for Jesus Christ was for 35 years and into eternity.

Raymond was a musician and in his earlier years, he played guitar and drums in a band. He was offered a job by Ernest Tubb to come play the drums in his band but the road's call was louder! Raymond did some auctioneering in his younger days too.

On April 14, 1984, Raymond married Donna Jo Ernst in Dallas, Texas. Together they trucked and have lived in Tarkio, Missouri the past 21 years.

In March of 2016, Raymond was diagnosed with cancer and at 5:45 p.m., on April 28, 2016, Raymond went home to the Lord whom he loved and served. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Philip.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Donna of Tarkio, MO; children Willie (friend Donna) Godden of Kellerton, IA, Angela (Mike) Mercer of Mount Ayr, IA, Eric (Erikka) Godden of Creston, IA, and Matthew & Michelle, both of Des Moines, IA; step-children Tracy Bowen of Texas, Patricia Fraser of Florida, Michael (Jennifer) Winston of Oregon, Tommy (Bonnie) Wilson of Stanberry, MO; several grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; sister-in-law Bonnie Godden of Bedford, IA; mother-in-law Joann Ernst of Sherman, TX; brother-in-law Randy Ernst of Sherman, TX; other relatives and a host of good friends.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.

  • Open Viewing

    May 02, 2016
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    May 02, 2016
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Graveside Service

    May 03, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Maple Row Cemetery

    Kellerton, IA

  • Burial

    Tuesday May 03 2016

    Maple Row Cemetery

    Kellerton, IA


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Guestbook

My prayers are with both families of
Goddens this evening. I also remember
Those school days and learning how to
write our names as I was in that same school. May God
be with you all.

Posted by Allan Heggs - Walford, IA - Friend   May 01, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Raymond and I went to country school together. We were in the same grade. The country school was Athens #2 west of Kellerton on Hwy 2. I''m so happy to hear that Raymond loved the Lord and that he is in heaven.

Posted by Shirley Hightshoe - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   April 30, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My dad was a very caring person the kind that would give you his shirt off his back for anyone poor or rich, he loved driving the big peterbuilte semi over the road. He always enjoyed talking to me for hours on the phone, when he would call me I would tell my wife dads callen and she would no we would talk a very long time. Dad enjoyed telling me all the things he done when he was younger. I enjoyed all the stories and learned a lot about the old days daddy I miss you so much but I no your in a better place now. I will always hold on in my mind and heart every thing we talked about miss you daddy love you forever your son eric.

Posted by Eric Godden - creston, IA - Son   April 30, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM