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Clark Jay Godfrey

September 12, 1934 — September 18, 2020

Clark J. Godfrey, 86, of Sioux City, died Friday, September 18, 2020, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD.

A visitation will be 9:30 am to 10:30 am Friday, September 25, 2020, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Morningside Chapel, 1801 Morningside Ave. The family requests that visitors dress casually, wear a mask and social distance as much as possible. A private graveside service will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Clark Jay Godfrey, the son of Leonard and Azalia (Clark) Godfrey was born September 12, 1934, in Sioux City, IA. He graduated from East High School in 1952. After high school, Clark went into construction with his brothers, and later worked at Cudahy’s meat packing plant. He spent most of his career at the Sioux City Journal, retiring after 37 years in advertising in 1997.

On June 24, 1960, Clark was united in marriage with Mary Talsma at Grace United Methodist Church in Sioux City. They were married for 55 years. Mary died July 6, 2015.

Clark played fast-pitch softball as a young man. Later in life, he coached Little League, Youth League, and American Legion baseball. Clark was an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Iowa State Cyclones. He enjoyed golf, working in the yard, and watching his kids and grandkids play sports.

Clark is survived by his children, Cary (Sharon) Godfrey, Jeni (Steve) Snyder, Dennis (DeeDee) Godfrey; grandchildren, Austin and Dillon Godfrey, Wade (Char) Stoos, John (Teri) Stoos, Luke (Alexis) Snyder, Annie, Mariah, and Emily Snyder, Jesse and Jordan Godfrey, Shayla Smith (Luke Driscoll); great-grandchildren, Kenzie (Addison), Karlie, Gavin, Isabella, Frankie, Reign, Mars, Stella, Mila and Mylo; great-great-grandchildren, Jozlynn and Hazel; siblings, Dorothy Amick, Dale (Janet) Godfrey, Dwight (Mary Lou) Godfrey, Delano (Helen) Sutton, Lanny (Karon) Godfrey, Max (Sharon) Godfrey, Judy Utesch; sister's-in-law Kay Godfrey, Connie Godfrey, Judy Verdoorn, brother-in-law Cordell Hull, numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a granddaughter, Abby Snyder; and brothers, Bob, Jim, and Butch Godfrey.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be directed to Camp High Hopes.
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Friday, September 25, 2020

9:30 - 10:30 am (Eastern time)

Christy-Smith Funeral Homes - Morningside Chapel

1801 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, IA 51106

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