Veldon Godel

Bud Godel

Tuesday, November 20th, 1934 - Monday, November 30th, 2020
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Private Funeral Services for Bud Godel, age 86, of Orchard will be Friday, December 4, 2020 followed by burial at the Hope – Enterprise Cemetery north of Orchard. Bud passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020 at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill is in charge of arrangements.

Veldon LaRoy Godel was born on November 20, 1934 in O’Neill to Loyd and Alma (Springer) Godel. He graduated from O’Neill High School in 1952 where he participated in basketball and was a proud member of the high school band, playing the Baritone.

On the first day of school his sophomore year, a new student named Marlene Waring caught Bud’s eye. The couple were high school sweethearts, and they married in 1955 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Venus. To this union, four daughters were born, Terri, Debra, Kelley, and Marci. The couple initially made their home in O’Neill, then moved to Fort Morgan, Colorado for a short time, where Bud was a shoe salesman. They moved to Redwood Falls, Minnesota in April of 1957, then moved to the home place by Orchard on January 1, 1958 where he farmed and milked cows. He then opened and operated Bud's Feed Service in 1982 until his retirement in 2002.

Bud loved to dance, listen to music, golf, and spend time with his family, especially when attending his grandchildren’s athletic events. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Lion’s Club, the O’Neill Jaycees, and served on the Orchard School Board.

Bud is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marlene Godel of Orchard; his four daughters, Terri (Myron) Hergert of Royal, Debra (Kevin Edwards) Heiss of Dallas, Texas, Kelley (Chuck) Price of O’Neill, Marci (Tim) Twibell of Orchard; 11 grandchildren, Toni (Chad) Harms, Jodi (Aaron) Sorensen, Molli (Dustin) Robertson, Nick (Jami) Heiss, Mason (Shannon) Heiss, Tate (Kari) Heiss, Alex (Josh) Miller, Rachel (Peter Gibson) Price, Austin (Sara) Twibell, Erin (Dustin) Chohon, Taylor (Tate) Laursen; 25 great grandchildren; two brothers, Larry (Sharon) Godel of Norfolk, Gary (Kathy) Godel of Norfolk; many nieces and nephews.

Bud had a special place in his heart for several foreign exchange students from Brazil, El Salvador, Japan, Sweden, Mexico, Columbia, Germany and Ecuador which he welcomed into his family.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Alma Godel; two brothers, Dick Godel, Don (Phyllis) Godel; and one sister, Joan (Larry) Fernau.

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Jaime Cea

Posted at 05:57am
My sincere condolences to Marlene and her family, I was an exchange student in 1988 and they welcomed me into their home and that changed my whole life. Thank you my friend.

Donald Hagensick

Posted at 07:54am
Bud and I both graduated together at OHS. I am so sorry to hear of his death. I have many Good Memories of school and our class reunions. Don Hagensick, Columbus Ohio

Alice Schultz

Posted at 09:52am
Gordon have been so sad to hear of Bud's passing. We had a wonderful visit with him and Marlene this past summer as we passed through Nebraska on our way home from Mt. Rushmore. We had spoken to Marlene many times on the phone but had never met either one of them. We felt like they were long-time friends after we spent that afternoon with them! We are praying for all of you in this difficult loss.

Dennis & Roxie Ryan

Posted at 08:52pm
Deepest sympathy to Bud's family and friends.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dennis & Roxanne Ryan

CAS Teams 6 & 4

Posted at 01:00pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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