By Kevin Wilson
Stanley Goslin’s love for his country was unsurpassed. Except when it came to love for his pets.
“He loved pets more than anybody I’d ever known,” said Millie Goslin, his wife of nearly nine years. “They slept on the bed every night. The cats had a can of tuna every night. The dog ate anything he wanted.”
Goslin was an animal lover and a lifetime servant to the country with military service in the U.S. Air Force. He died June 28 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
Goslin was born on July 29, 1930, in Merriman, Neb., to Percy and May Bell Goslin. Merriman was one of several towns along the Nebraska-South Dakota border that the family lived, according to older brother Ralph Goslin.
“At one time,” Ralph said, “the barn was in South Dakota and the house was in Nebraska.”
May Bell was a teacher on a Sioux Indian reservation in South Dakota, Millie said, and she and Stanley became honorary members of the local reservation. The family dog was even a Sioux name — “Oulashonka,” which Ralph said means “little dog” in Sioux.
“ We had two Shetland ponies we rode,” Ralph said. “I could remember one time he was coming to the mailbox … the mailbox was about a quarter of a mile from the house. I was ahead of (Stanley) and a rattlesnake was coiled to bite him. Our dog fended off the snake.”
Just like the dog protected the family, the family protected the nation. All five Goslin boys served in the military. Four of them served for 25 years or more, and Stanley served for 30.
Stanley retired from the U.S. Air Force on June 1, 1973, after 30 years of active duty. He proudly served his country and was the recipient of several medals during his service, including the WWII Victory, Korean Service, Vietnam, Army of Ocupation (Japan), Air, Accomodation, Combat Readiness, Good Conduct, American Campaign, National Defense Service, and United Nations Service medals, family members said.
“The Air Force took him in after he served in Korea,” Ralph said. “I got a box of (his) medals the other day. I didn’t want to open them.”
The brothers spread out across the nation, thanks in part to their terms of service with the military.
“There wasn’t much for us to do (back home),” Ralph said. “The farm dried up and I didn’t want to see another cold winter.”
Stanley moved on as well, and ended up in Portales. He was active in retirement as well. He was on the Roosevelt County Senior Olympics Planning Committee for three years, and was Secretary of Roosevelt County American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 4301.
He made Millie his second wife July 16, 1995. The two met through Stanley’s first wife, Thelma, who was a longtime friend of Millie’s.
“We both missed her so much,” Millie said, “but we did fall in love with each other.”
Both Millie and Ralph cited Stanley’s dry wit, which kept them laughing all the time.
“He had a dry humor,” Ralph said. “We would bust out laughing when he opened his mouth. He was just a great person. He was a hero.”
Ralph had only one regret about his brother — that there wasn’t a military funeral.
“If anybody deserved one,” Ralph said it was Stanley.