Feb. 3, 1918 — Sept. 15, 2013
Gustav Rosin was born to Jacob and Carolina Rosin and grew up “on the farm” with parents and five siblings. The Depression influenced his life in many ways as work and money were scarce. He herded cattle, picked rocks from the fields, shocked grain, shoveled snow in winter and grain in summer, drove horses, milked cows and always helped harvest the crops. At 12 his father moved the family to Grand Forks, N.D., approximately 300 miles away. Gus attended high school at Sheyenne River Academy near Bismarck, N.D.
In October 1941, he was drafted into the Army. Gus landed on Luzon, Jan. 9, 1944, and was in many historic battles while retaking the Philippines Islands. While Gus has many well-deserved medals of valor, unit citations, and so on, it was here he received the ones we are most proud of, his Purple Heart and his Silver Star. Discharged in 1945, he recuperated at his parents’ place in Vancouver. Meeting up with his high school sweetheart after the war, they were married September 6, 1945 in Boulder, Colo., and lived in Denver. In 1946 he left for Walla Walla College, got his GED and registered for pre-med. Gus also took flying lessons at Martin Field and became a pilot. Soon he moved his new family to Portland and pursued his medical career. Gus enjoyed many adventures and took the family many places and had visited most every state, including Alaska and Hawaii, which to his surprise had become quite modern since his first arrival. After the war, Gus visited many countries in Europe rediscovering lost relatives, as well as Western Canada and Singapore. Moving around some, he worked in hospitals, labs and doctor clinics in Portland, Vancouver, Longview, Ritzville, Fairchild Air Force Base and Libby, Mont. He loved skiing, camping, hiking outdoors, angling and fly fishing in the rugged Kootenai River. The family moved to Vancouver in July 1957 to continue medical careers and raise their family. Gustav is a retired member of the Washington State Guard. Gustav and Evelyn moved to Boise in 1982. He excelled in language study in German and Russian, studying at Walla Walla College, Vancouver Clark College and Boise State University. He traveled to Europe many times to visit his relatives. Gustav was a lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Gus and Evelyn moved to Walla Walla in 1994 to enjoy retirement and the benefits of a familiar small town and church community surrounded by high school and college classmates, teachers, lifelong friends and relatives.
Gus is preceded by his parents, Jacob and Carolina; half sister Madge Styles; a sister, Martha Odegard; and a brother, John Rosin. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn Mabel Rosin; sisters Carrie Lealos and Lydia Mack; a daughter, Terri Johnson; a son, Randal Rosin; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and 28 nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may pay their respects from 1 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla. The funeral service will be 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12th and Larch Streets, College Place. Viewing in Portland will be 1 to 9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Mount Scott Funeral Home, 4205 SE 59th Street, Portland. The graveside service with military honors will be 12 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Outreach or the Christian Aid Center through the funeral home. Friends and family may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.