Stanley R. Goc
1939 - 2021
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Stanley R. Goc

Sun City - Stanley Goc, "everyone's friend" passed away peacefully on February 14, 2021 at Hospice of the Valley in Surprise AZ. Born on May 6, 1939 and raised in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Stan attended Nebraska City High School and Midland College. He is survived by his brother Richard, and sister-in law, Mary, three nephews and one niece as well 14 Great nieces and nephews all living in Nebraska.

In 1962 Stan moved to Seattle to begin his career in the airline industry with West Coast Airlines which later became Hughes Airwest. He worked his way up to one of the more demanding positions of Inflight Service Systems. The promotion required his move to the headquarters in San Francisco. In that capacity of adding and monitoring menus and food service on the airline, Stan often sought the feedback of flight attendants. As a result of his easy- going personality and humor he developed life- long friendships with many of these same people.

In 1986 Hughes Airwest was purchased by Northwest airlines and rather than move to Minneapolis, the Northwest Airlines headquarters, Stan easily got a similar position with America West in Phoenix. During that period, he had the opportunity to travel to many places including several European destinations and Australia. In 2003 he retired for the first time and moved to Sun City, AZ.

Stan, who understood good food, soon became a regular patron of a new Trader Joe's Grocery near his house. He was there so often the manger approached him one day and asked if he had ever thought about working there. Stan was taken a back and his reply was that he was "not opposed to it but would think about it". Later that evening he got the call that said they would like him to come to work. Stan asked when they would like him to start, he was told "tomorrow". After 15 years at Trader Joe's and a whole new community of friends, both customers and employees, Stan finally retired a second time in 2019. He will be remembered by so many for his good and generous heart, his wonderful sense of humor and easy acceptance of people for who they were. He really was everyone's friend.

Due to COVID, plans for a Celebration of Life will be announced later. Condolences can be sent to McKown Funeral Home in Columbus, NE. (

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 2021.
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