In loving memory of

Clinton B. Godden
January 16, 1936 - February 4, 2021

A private family funeral service for Clint will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Algona. The funeral and graveside service will be live-streamed on Oakcrest Funeral Services' Facebook Page.

Clinton Bert Godden was born January 16, 1936, in Lone Rock, Iowa, the son of Bert and Vivian (Beitz) Godden. He grew up in Burt, IA, and moved to Warsaw, MO for his high school years where he really enjoyed playing basketball and baseball. He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1954. Following graduation, he moved to Algona, Iowa, to take a job at Universal Manufacturing, where he worked until he retired in 1998.

While at the Jolly Time Skating Rink in Algona, Clint met the love of his life, Helen Kuhlmann. They were united in marriage on August 25, 1957, at the First United Methodist Church in Algona. Together they had four children: Donna, Rob, Lisa, and Julie. They raised their family in Algona.

Clint enjoyed golfing, square dancing, playing cards, bowling, and doing anything sporting-related. In later years Clint and Helen enjoyed vacationing in Harlingen, Texas, where they went for eight years, before buying a home there. After Clint's retirement, they built a new home on Lake Tetonka near Waterville, MN, where they would spend the summer months and spend the winter months in Harlingen, TX. Clint and Helen took many trips & several cruises and visited all the continents except Antarctica.

Clint died Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, Texas. He was 85.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen of Waterville, MN; children, Donna (Mel) Godden Alloway of Muscatine, IA, Rob (Judee) Godden of Garner, IA, Lisa (Jim) Weydert of Elko, MN, and Julie (Steve) Dahl of Burnsville, MN; grandchildren, Stephanie (Jacob) Dahlmoore, Jennifer (Chad) Noble, Jon (Jennifer) Godden, Mark (Kati) Godden, Keith (Meredith) Radig, Abby Dahl, and CJ Weydert; 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, sister-in-law, Dianne Fish of Algona and Faye Kuhlmann of Algona, and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death, his parents, siblings, Doris Foist, Marie Thede, and Harvey Godden.


Matt Johnson wrote on Feb 18, 2021:

"Helen & Family. Whenever I needed a helping hand at the lake, Clint was always available. My family and I will truly miss the casual conversation and his willingness to help out. "

Keith Radig wrote on Feb 18, 2021:

"How blessed I have been to have had you as my Grandpa, and how lucky that I grew up across the street from you. You were there for everything. At the 50th wedding anniversary I asked what is the best part about being married for 50 years, his simple answer was, \"To have a nice home and nice wife.\" I asked Grandma the same question without her knowing his answer, she said, \"Having such a nice guy to live with.\" Thank you both for being so amazing, I love you so much."

Larry wrote on Feb 17, 2021:

"A beyond a true gentlemen and thanks for being a great neighbor and friend. You will be missed."

Julie Pesicka wrote on Feb 16, 2021:

"Helen, we are so sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy. Payers for you and your family."

Walter Lee Reemtsma wrote on Feb 16, 2021:

"Our deepest sympathies to all of your family at this sad time. You are in our prayers and know that your wonderful memories will serve as a comfort at this time. Walt and Jan Reemtsma"

John & Carol Hjelmeland wrote on Feb 16, 2021:

"Helen - Thinking of you and your famiy during this time of sorrow. Our deepest sympathy, John & Carol Hjelmeland"

Linda Nemmers wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"Helen and family, So sorry for your loss."

Karen Schmitz wrote on Feb 11, 2021:

"Helen and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers right know. I know God will shower you with His love and healing during your time of need. I have so many great memories of spending time with my \"boyfriend\" and Helen. Many years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Helen and Clint on a trip to Algona with Lisa-Clint and Helen treated me as their own. From that day forward Clint always took the time to visit with me during family outings. He always put others needs before his own-taking me out on the boat, making sure I had something to eat and drink and many more acts of kindness. May his memory be blessed. Karen Schmitz "

Betty Lloyd wrote on Feb 10, 2021:

"Oh, Helen, my heart is heavy for you. God hold you tight and bless your journey ahead. Betty Lloyd of Cleveland, MN USA"

Melinda wickert wrote on Feb 7, 2021:

"I?m sorry for your loss Helen we went to nursing school together Melinda meyer"

Rosann(Madsen) Shipler wrote on Feb 6, 2021:

"Helen and family-I have fond memories from many years ago working with Clint at Universal Mfg. I always remembered his smile and love of the work he did in shipping!! Our sympathy and prayers are with you and family at this difficult time! Rosann (Madsen) Shipler"

Rosann(Madsen) Shipler wrote on Feb 6, 2021:

"Helen and family-I have fond memories from many years ago working with Clint at Universal Mfg. I always remembered his smile and love of the work he did in shipping!! Our sympathy and prayers are with you and family at this difficult time! Rosann (Madsen) Shipler"

Mary (Haag) Hulsebus wrote on Feb 6, 2021:

"Donna and family I was so very saddened to hear of Clint\'s passing - it is such a very hard time and even harder with the state of uncertainty - I know you all have so many wonderful memories as can be attested by all the wonderful pictures you have shared - my prayers for you are that you will feel God\'s love and presence as you travel this road and that one day your tears will be of happiness and not sadness as your relive the times and memories you hold dear"

Mike and Marcia Zittritsch wrote on Feb 6, 2021:

"Helen and family you have our deepest sympathy! We are so very glad we got to see him before our move! ?Butch was a great man? !"

Marcie Doughan wrote on Feb 6, 2021:

"Helen and Family, Sending my sympathy and prayers. May you find strength in the days ahead. "

Sue Monson wrote on Feb 6, 2021:

"My heart goes out to you at the loss of Clint. He was such a gifted, loving family man. I remember dancing and playing cards were some of the fun activities he enjoyed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all."

Marcia Myers wrote on Feb 6, 2021:

"Helen and Family, You have my deepest sympathy. May your memories help ease the pain. Clint rest in peace. "