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WW II veteran and founding Butte Symphony member dies at 95

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Jan 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-10 13:02:24-05

BUTTE - Butte World War II veteran and longtime Butte Symphony member Harold “Pete” Godtland died Monday at 95.

Godtland was known for playing Taps on trumpet at military events and funerals and was one of the founding members of the Butte Symphony. He was also known for his volunteer work in the community.

“Ninety-five is a lot of good years and he made the best of them, really sorry to lose him. We've lost a good friend and a good citizen, good veteran. I don't think there's anybody i know that could say a bad word about Pete,” said long-time friend Mike Lawson.

In March of 2019, Godtland was honored by then-Rep. Greg Gianforte with the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation.