Vernon C. Godbehere, Jr., 67, of Payson died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003. He was born Dec. 9, 1935 in Okmulgee, Okla. to Vernon C. Godbehere, Sr. and Lola (Grant) Godbehere.
He attended Oklahoma A & M University and Arizona State University. He began a 30-year career with Southwest Forest Industries, followed by employment with KAR Products and Christ Church - Lutheran. He retired to Payson in 2001 where he enjoyed woodworking, horseback riding and being active in his church.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Jane Godbehere; sons, Gene Godbehere and Curt (Debbie) Godbehere; step-children Scott (Jane) Michaelson, Sally (Rick) Avery, Holly (Mark) Santos; grandchildren Kyle Godbehere, Shane Godbehere, and Ty Godbehere; step-grandchildren, Sarah Michaelson, Alyssah Michaelson, Katie Avery, Libby Avery, and John Santos; his two Schnauzers, Stormy and Riley, plus his favorite horse, also named Stormy and many friends.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, and at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17 at Christ Church - Lutheran, 3901 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
Donations can be made to Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church Building Fund, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, AZ 85541, or to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier Street, Payson, AZ 85541.
Arrangements by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.