Ben Helmer Godfrey, 82, passed away peacefully on June 5, 2018, at Swan Falls Assisted Living Facility in Kuna Idaho. Graveside service under the direction of Bowman Funeral Directors will be conducted at the Veterans Cemetery, 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Rd, Boise, Idaho on June 21, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Ben was born on August 15, 1935 in Greybull, Wyoming and was adopted as an infant by loving parents William and Myrtle Godfrey of Cowley, Wyoming. He spent his formative years in Cowley graduating from Cowley High School in 1954. Ben enlisted in the Air Force in 1955, the majority of his service at Mountain Home Air Force Base. He was honorably discharged in 1963. While in the Air Force he received the Good Conduct Medal and an Air Force Longevity Award. Ben’s passions were military airplanes and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Throughout his life he held many positions that allowed him to work on the airplanes and motorcycles he loved.
Ben married Carol Ann Montgomery on February 17, 1962 in Boise Idaho where their first daughter, Sandra, was born. When Ben was discharged from the Air Force, they moved to Salt Lake City for a time and later returned to Boise where their second daughter, Barbara was born. Ben and Carol were divorced in 1978.
Ben worked as a Harley-Davidson mechanic in Utah and California and later owned and operated Motorcycle Specialties, on Pennsylvania Ave in Boise beginning in 1969. During this time, he established himself as a reputable Harley-Davidson mechanic within the Boise valley. He took pride in the fact that he was a member of the “Harley-Davidson 100,000 Mile Club”.
After closing the motorcycle shop, Ben joined the Idaho Air National Guard and was very dedicated to his position in Transient Alert at Gowen Field in Boise. He retired in 1995. In retirement he enjoyed amateur radios and spending time traveling in his motorhome. He especially enjoyed visiting the Oregon coast as well as family in Washington, Wyoming and Montana.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Myrtle Godfrey, infant grandson, Justin Bradford and an infant nephew.
He is survived by his brother Ray Godfrey (Dee) of Big Fork, MT; daughters Sandra Asbe (Doug) of Lynnwood, WA and Barbara Bradford (Tony) of Meridian; grandchildren Laura Asbe Luthy (Erik) of Lynnwood, WA, Amelia Asbe (Kyle) of Seattle, WA, Jared Bradford of Meridian and Lindsay Bradford of Meridian; Nieces Tina and Meredith. As well as numerous cousins and extended family.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Kuna Swan Falls Assisted Living, as well as Signature Hospice Care for their kind and compassionate care of Ben during his final days. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa, Idaho or to a favorite charity.