Ronald G. Godfrey

October 13, 1932 ‒ October 02, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Ronald G. Godfrey, age 84, passed away at the Laurels of Mount Vernon on October 2, 2017. Ron was born at Stumptown, West Virginia, on October 13, 1932, to the late Jack and Beulah (Stump) Godfrey.

He graduated from Calhoun County High School (West Virginia) in 1951 and from Glenville State College (West Virginia) in 1955, where he played four years of varsity football. After a two-year stent in the U.S. Navy, he returned to West Virginia to coach and teach at Wirt County High School.  A coaching change took him to Howard/East Knox High School, and he and his wife, Loretta, made Knox County, Ohio, their home.

In the mid-1960’s, Ron entered the insurance business and was associated with Kahrl and Company in Mount Vernon for more than forty years, becoming its president and CEO. Ron was active in the community as a former member of the YMCA Board, Mount Vernon Recreation Board, and was a coach for Little League programs in Elizabeth, West Virginia, and in Howard, Ohio.  Ron served a ten-year term on the board of the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County.  As a member of Gay Street United Methodist Church, he taught Sunday School and served on various boards.

Ron is survived by his wife of 62 years, Loretta (Poling); two children: Kim (Vic) Cwynar of Parkersburg, West Virginia; and Kyle (Dawn) Godfrey of Maineville, Ohio; four grandchildren: Cole Cwynar, Seth Cwynar, Lauren Godfrey, and Yale Godfrey; a twin brother, Donald (Barbara) of Weston, West Virginia, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his Parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Roland and Henry, and a sister, Barbara.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home; 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, OH, 43050. A celebration of life service will be held at the Gay Street United Methodist Church, 18 N. Gay Street, Mount Vernon, OH, 43050, at 1:00 PM on Thursday, October 5, 2017.  The family will observe a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a Ron Godfrey scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 1 S. Main Street, Mount Vernon, OH, 43050, to benefit a Knox County athlete.

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  • Loretta, Kim and Kyle;
    So sad at Ron’s passing, not for him but his family and friends. He was the definition of honesty, integrity, and friendship. I look at him as a second father and example of a professional businessman. Some nice guys do finish first! A breakfast buddy and friend for 35 years will be missed but his example will live on for generations of those who knew him. I know how much he loved his family, pass it on. Love you guys. Prayers and hugs to you!
    Dennis Snyder

  • Loretta and family. I want to extend my Sincere Sympathy personally and on behalf of the East Knox Class of 1966. You and Coach Godfrey were so supportive to a lot of us “kids” back then and opened your home to us. He will be missed.

  • Helen and I were blessed and honored to be embraced by Ron and Loretta, when we were “newly weds” at Mount Vernon Bible College.
    I have called him “Coach” from that time on, as he was our basketball coach for two years. “Coach” offered much wisdom, encouragement and life lessons, that made an indelible imprint on our lives until this day! I am a better person for having known him.
    “Thank you” so much “Coach” We will see you soon!!!
    Our love and prayers are with Loretta and all the family

  • So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I have many fond memories of him and Loretta from those brief few years while they were in Elizabeth, WV. I got to know them when they rented an apartment garage apartment from my grandparents, Howard and Zillah Caltrider. My prayers are with you.

  • It has been many years but my memories of Ron and Loretta Godfrey have not faded. They were a precious part of my youth. Condolences to the family.

  • Loretta and family, My heart is heavy learning of the news of Ron’s passing. I have always had a special place in my heart for him. He was as solid as a person could be, you could always count on him for good advice and his love was unending. He will surely be missed. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Remember that the Lord is near unto them that have a broken heart. Love to you and yours, Sally Albaugh,Grantsville, WV

  • Mts. Godfrey and family my prayers are with you at this time of loss . May God Bless, Lauretta Beltz

  • So sad to learn of Coach Godfrey’s passing. He was a true gentleman and a big influence on my life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Loretta and his family and friends.
    Joe and Nancy Hanna

  • prayers to all ….my class of 1967 at East Knox was memorable years having him as a coach ….Gym class……..RIP Coach.

  • Dear Mrs. Godfrey,

    Kevin and I are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you say goodbye to your dear husband. May you find comfort with your family and friends who will surround you with love.

    Kevin and Mary (Mullins) Frazee

  • Loretta, Kim, Kyle, and all,
    It breaks my heart to lose Ron. On Mom’s side of the family, that leaves Don and Janet as far as first cousins go. Ron was such a special cousin and always made you feel good about yourself. I will always remember how good he was to Barb also… How I wish I could come up and say my good-byes but I can’t… Aunt Dutch and Mom are taking good care of Ron! I love you all… Know that I am praying and sending much love!

  • I am one of Ronald Godfrey’s (and also his wife Loretta Godfrey’s) former students in West Virginia. It has been nearly 60 years ago, but I can still remember when they came to teach in Wirt County from nearby Calhoun County where they grew up. I think that practically all the students liked both the Godfreys. I remember some sort of essay contest in civics class he had me enterinto about how to solve the Middle East problem.- this was in about 1958 when Lebanon was in turmoil. Ron was going to buy me milkshakes if I won. Alas- no milkshakes. Now, nearly 60 years and several Middle East crises later- does anyone remember Camille Chamoun, or King Faisal of Iraq? I find that my old civics teacher has left us. I saw the Godfreys several times in later life when they came down here for reunions. But neither they nor I have gotten the
    Middle East crisis resolved.

  • So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I have many memories of Ron and his family. He was a very special person. He was not only my boss but also my friend. My love and prayers are with the Godfrey family.

  • Loretta,
    Paul and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. We will always remember the wonderful conversations and laughter we had at Ocean Reverie with you and Ron. Our thoughts and prayers are with you .

  • My heart goes out to Coach Godfreys family, what a guy. I played football for “Coach” at Howard in the early 60s and admired him for the honesty and integrity that he brought to the game and all the players. He was a great example of what life is about and how it should be lived! I know he is sadly missed by all he touched on his journey through life!

  • Mrs Godfrey, I’m saddened by the passing of a great man. You and Mr Godfrey were such wonderful role models for all of us who were blessed by your presence. Mr Godfrey was a kind coach and mentor to all of us. Wishing you and your family condolences and strength. Vickie Lang Vermillion

  • Mrs. Godfrey

    On behalf of my wife Cindy and I, we send our condolences on the passing of Ron. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and remembrance of how you influenced my life as a teacher and Ron as our insurance agent and friend.

  • Loretta & family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Ron was such a role model in business, community & family. He will be missed by all who new him. You are all in my thoughts & prayers. God bless.

  • I am very sorry for the loss of Ron. He meant a lot to his community and
    friends and family. He was a very strong moral leader and role model to
    be looked up to. My father, Allin Kahrl, had much respect for him and
    trusted him as a friend and business partner. My wife, Terry, and I loved
    being with Ron and Loretta on many community occasions.

    My whole family will miss Ron and his family.

    God Bless

    Jim, Terry, Jason, and Adam Kahrl and families

  • Our deepest sympathy to your family, Loretta. Memories of “Coach Godfrey” fill our hearts. He was a very special man, one many loved, including us! His life truly made a difference!

    Denny and Jan

  • Loretta, we are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. we wish we could come, but are not able to. Just know we always thought a lot of you and Ron. God Bless you and give you comfort
    Love Jim and Sharon Reiheld

  • Loretta and family,

    John and I are saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. My parents always thought so much of the two of you and appreciated your friendship. I called my brother tonight and he was deeply saddened to hear this. Ron had such an impact on his life and was instrumental in helping him achieve his success. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow. Esther Rice Adkins

  • Kim,
    So sorry to hear the passing of your Dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.
    Di Offenberger

  • We are so sorry for Ron’s passing. I always viewed Ron as a prime example of honesty, integrity, and as a wonderful Christian business man. All of those years with for breakfast at Southside gave me many positive memories. May God’s blessing and comfort be with Loretta, Kim, Kyle and all of the family.

  • Dear Loretta, I am remebering Ron, and thinking of you and your family. May you find comfort in each other and your many friend.
    May God Bless you,
    Mary Ellen

  • My condolences to Loretta and family. I played 3 years of football and basketball for Coach Godfrey in the mid 60’s. He was a great coach and a great person.

  • Loretta and Family, Wherever we would see each other Ron always greeted you with a smile on his face. Always a joy to visit with him at his office, at church or on the street. Seemed like we always met at the barber shop either coming or going and he and Sid would have to TALK. Fond memories of a wonderful man!!!! God bless You and Your Family. Barb. Perkins

  • Dear Loretta and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. You both were like family to David and myself when we first came to Mt. Vernon. I will never forget the time we spent together and brought us through some rough times. David was forever telling stories about Ron and laughing about some of the stunts they pulled. Your family made a great impression on our lives. God bless and keep you.
    Love and prayers,

    Donna Armentrout

  • Very sorry to learn of Ron’s passing. I worked with him on insurance matters for AMVETS Post 95 over a period of several years and I was always impressed by his knowledge and competence with the several complicated issues involved with insuring the post and meeting the requirements of the national organization. It was a pleasure to work with Ron.
    Ron was also my late brother-in-law’s coach at East Knox and always asked about him during the some twenty-plus years Bill Morey spent in the US Navy. I know he will be greatly missed by family and friends. He was one of the good guys

  • Very sorry to hear about Ron, you have my deepest sympathy. In all the years I dealt with Ron, it was always professional and without worry on my part! He was truly one of the good guys.