Edwin Duane Godel, age 78, of Alma, passed away Wednesday, December 30, at his home with his loving family at his side following a long and corageous battle with multiple myeoloma.

He was born July 7, 1931, in Battle Lake, MN, a son of Leonard and Mary (Kays) Godel. He grew up on a farm near Silver Lake and attended and graduated from Battle Lake High School with the class of 1949.

Edwin honorably served his country as a member of the United States Army, attaining the rank of sergeant and was involved in the 6th Medical Detachment, Preventative Medicine in Tokyo, Japan. His service to his country lasted from 1949 until his honorable discharge in 1954. Following his military career, Edwin attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959.

On September 27, 1958, Edwin was united in marriage to the love of his life, Barbara Lee Loveless at St. Paul, MN. To this union, three daughters were born.

Edwin began his career with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on April 27, 1959. He transferred to Alma on December 1, 1961 and was the state forester of Buffalo County. He retired from the career he so dearly loved on July 27, 1990. After retirement, Edwin still maintained his love of forestry by appraising standing timber for local land owners in the area.

Edwin was involved in and held various offices in the area such as the Alma rod and gun club, the American Legion Post of Alma in which he was a lifetime member, along with the Society of American Foresters and served as fire chief in Alma.

Edwin was also a member of the VFW Post 10402 of Cochrane and St. Paul and St. Luke United Church of Christ of Alma.

Edwin loved the outdoors, from fishing and hunting to gardening and hiking, he loved it all. Many will remember his hobby of growing and selling Christmas trees until his health prevented him from this love. Quite honestly, Edwin had a deep passion and devotion for trees, literally planting millions of trees in Buffalo County, his career and his family.

Edwin will be sadly missed by his wife of 51 years, Barb, of Alma; three daughters, Lynne Godel of Stevens Point, Mary (Bill) Bohlinger of Buffalo City and Marge (Keith) Ness of Winona; one grandson, Erik Ness of Winona; five brothers, Howard (Juel) Godel of Fergus Falls, Myron (Shirley) Godel of Kennewick, WA, Charles (Beverly) Godel of Elbow Lake, Irvin (Darlene) Godel of Glencoe and Homer (Deloris) Godel of Moorhead; also by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Edwin was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wilton.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 5, at the Talbot Family Funeral Home, Alma Chapel, with Pastor Marcy Heil officiating. Burial with full military honors followed at Alma Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in the name of Edwin Godel.

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