Richard "Butch" Godwin, 61, of Astoria, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at home.

He was born Feb. 28, 1946, in Astoria, to Max and Janet Godwin. His mother survives. His father preceded him in death.

Mr. Godwin graduated from Warrenton High School in 1964.

A 20-year veteran of the Oregon National Guard, he often assisted in the "Labor Day riots" in Seaside during the 1960s. For nearly 30 years, he served as a deputy with the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office.

Family members said his favorite pastimes were outdoor activities. He especially loved camping, fishing and hunting with family and friends.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Godwin is survived by long-time companion Tammy Gunderson; two brothers, Chuck and Tom Godwin; an aunt, Beverly Bingham; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sons, as well as by his father.

A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, with a reception following the service.

A private interment will precede the memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lower Columbia Hospice, Hospice House, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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