March 11, 1948 ~ February 23, 2017
(A Time To Be Born)
Sgt. Johnny Allen Gilder was born on March 11, 1948 in Zavala, Texas to Hattie Elmer Gilder and Clifton Gilder.
(A Time To Learn)
He was a graduated of Vernon County High School, Class of 1965. Sgt. Johnny Allen Gilder went to Prairie College until he was drafted by the United States Army.
(A Time To Love)
Johnny was married to his devoted wife, Debra Ann Bosier. They celebrated 42 yrs of marriage. There were 5 children out of this union: Donald Bosier (Deena), Jesse Bosier (Anita), Laura Gilder (Greg), Johnny Allen Gilder, Jr. and Stephen Gilder; 13 grandchildren Bryonna Bosier, Daniel Griffen Bosier, Yannis Bosier, Tajah Bosier, Devin Bosier, Donald Bosier, Jr., Jaeil Gilder, Emyjae Gilder, Saraeya Gilder, Jesse Bosier, Jr., Danariah Bosier, Denair Allen and Kessa Lockhart.
(A Time To Serve)
Sgt. Johnny Allen Gilder gave his life to the Lord and was Baptised "In the Name of the Lord" under Bishop Allen Miller at Four Gospel Chapel. Then he joined First Apostolic Church in Lockhart, Texas, under bishop Deborah Byrd.
Sgt. Gilder was drafted into the Military. While he served, he was on the Army Olympic Team playing basketball. He had a number of Duty Titles: Recovery Vehicle Operator, BFV Mechanic, Recruiting and Retention, Auto Mechanic, and TRK Vehicle Mechanic. Sgt. Gilder was assigned to HHC (-) 1st BN (M) 141 Inf.
Medals Received: National Defense Service Medal, Sharp Shooter M16 Rifle
Ribbons: Army Service Ribbon
Awards: Distinguished Meritorious Achievement and Outstanding Service
Medals: Texas Faithful Service Medal
While on Active Duty, Sgt. Gilder was ordered to special work for Home Land Security, Texas Military Forces Joint Forces HQAG,
Counter Drug Task Force working with the Immigration Department, ICE, Drug Task Force on the Borders of the United States.
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