March 18, 1936 – Thursday, August 22, 2014
Edward Norman Godfrey Jr. – Wokiksuye Yuha Mani (Walks with Memory) was born on March 18, 1936 to Edward and Carrie (Primeaux) Godfrey in Rosebud, SD.
He grew up in Milks Camp south of St.Charles on his father’s farm. He attended boarding school in Mission and when he was 17years old he joined the U.S. Army and served from September 28, 1953 to February 13, 1957.
When he was discharged from the army he lived with his sister Verna and Fred (Big Boy) Irvin in Sioux City, Iowa and worked for their Hide Company. In 1963 he moved to Mission, SD to live with his sister Ann and Noah Brokenleg where he went to work at the Bishop Hare Home. In 1965 he married Helen Robertson and moved back to Sioux City, IA where he went back to work for his sister Verna and Fred (Bigboy) Irvin. To that union three children were born, two girls and one boy. In 1967 he moved to Fargo and attended Hanson Mechanic School and graduated from there in 1969. He then moved back to Sioux City, IA with his family and began work at Load King in Elk Point, SD. In 1977 he move to Peever, SD and began employment for the Alcohol Program where he worked until 1985. He then moved to St. Paul, MN and worked for Jewel Fairbanks until he retired and moved back to Sisseton. He lived out the rest of his life enjoying fishing, listening to his scanner watching the Wheel of Fortune and Price is Right.
He was also a Traditional Dancer for many years and enjoyed attending Pow-Wow’s
He is survived by five daughters, Theresa (Jim) Poignee of Mission, SD , Carrie (Jared) HisGun of Sisseton, SD, Dawn Godfrey (Martin Goodteacher) of Sisseton, SD, Adelia Godfrey (Robert Rojas) of Watertown, SD and Lydia Godfrey of Sisseton, SD. Two sons, Gregg Heck of St.Charles, SD and Bruce Godfrey Sr.of Sisseton, SD. Two sisters, Elma Hayes of Rosebud, SD and Carole Beck of Sioux City, IA and one adopted brother James (Jim) Brown of Bemiji, MN. Numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is proceeded in death by both his parents, three sisters and two brothers.