William Harold Bill Godsey, 97, Pittsburg, Calif., died Nov. 25, 2000, in his sleep at his home.

He was born in Emporia, Kan., Nov. 25, 1903, to James Edward Godsey and Clara Belle Neal.

He retired from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and moved to Brookings.

In 1969, he published a family history called GooseEggs, a book that was written with many years of research (both exaggerated and opinionated commentary by the author) reviewing 200 years of genealogical records in England.

After more than 30 years in the Brookings area, he moved to Pittsburg to be cared for by his niece, Lori Godsey Anzini.

His most memorable times were in Brookings, where he enjoyed walking, hiking and exploring the process of time. His passion for the well-written word and the examination of non-fiction writings was well known.

Mr. Godsey was an admirer of poetry and prose. The National Library of Poetry published his Boarding House Blues, a poem that he worked on for more than 70 years. That poem can be found in the book, Silence of Yesterday, circa 1997.

Preceding him in death was his wife of 51 years, Florence Godsey.

No services are planned. A memorial will be held in March with the scattering of ashes over Yosemites Half Dome.

Any contributions may be made in his name to the Chetco Community Public Library.