Military veteran

Aug. 22, 2015, was a perfect day for Philip. He spent the day with friends at the Springfield Swap meet and went to meet Jesus, later that afternoon, at the salvage yard. He was born May 2, 1974 in Houston, Mo., to Larry and Charlene (Mars) Goslee.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents. He is survived by his parents, Larry and Charlene of Houston, Mo.; his brother, Derek Goslee of Mountain Grove, Mo.; his sister, Jennifer Goslee and fiancé, Terry Powell, of Springfield, Mo.; and two nieces, Emily Goslee and Anna Glaser.

Philip attended Houston Schools graduating with the class of 1993. He also attended Mtn. Grove VO Tech where he studied auto body repair. He had several jobs but never quite found his niche.

He joined the United States Navy in 1997 and was stationed at Norfolk, Va., on the USS George Washington. He served two tours in the Persian Gulf. Philip worked several jobs while aboard the ship, one on the flight deck, chock and chaining jets when they landed and in the hanger bay replacing parts on damaged planes. His family called him an “airplane body man.” He was honorably discharged in 2001 achieving the rank of 3rd Class Petty Officer.

Philip was most recently employed by K and M Pump owned by Wayne Bittle, whom he thought was the “best boss in the world.” They shared common interests and became very good friends. Above all else, he loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a very caring and generous person, often giving all he had to someone in need. His family and friends knew they could call on him for anything they needed.

He had a quick wit and a sarcastic sense of humor; he always tried to lift the spirits of those around him.

Don’t cry because I’m gone; smile because I was here…

Visitation is 1-2 Thursday, August 27, at Evans Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life service following at 2 p.m. with Pastor Todd Haley officiating. Military Honors will be following the service. His body was cremated. Cremation and services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be made at


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