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Jerry Hosford was born in Denison, Texas May 21, 1927. His parents were Guy L. and Rex Norman Hosford. He departed this world April 3, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Phillip, a sister, Jean Trammell and her husband, Delbert, paternal grandparents, Guy E. and Elizabeth Hosford, maternal grandparents, Hicks and Julia Scoggin and Ron Fell, husband of his daughter, Gwindolyn Lehman, of Louisville, CO. He is survived by wife, Janette, of Boulder, CO, son Guy and Shelly Hosford of Atlanta, GA and daughter Gwindolyn Lehman of Louisville, CO. and grandchildren Dawn TeKani (Wiremu), Kaitlin Garcia, Monroe, GA and Forest Lehman(Alison Rogers) of Boulder, CO. and great-grandson, Adrian Garcia, Monroe, GA. Colonel Hosford attended Peabody School, Denison, Texas, Parsons High School, Parsons, KS and graduated from the Univ. of Omaha, Omaha, NE. He and Janette were married in Houston, TX Nov. 1, 1945 and just celebrated 68 wonderful years of marriage. He was a mariner, merchant seaman, until 1946, sailing as a Purser aboard the USAT Monterrey, the SS Logansfort and the SS Lake George. He enlisted in the US Army in 1950 as a private and retired in 1975 as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his military service he was stationed at ten Army posts in the US and served several overseas tours; Austria, three in Germany, Korea, Taiwan, ROC and two in Vietnam. He attended all advanced Military Schools for Logistics Management, the Army Language School (Chinese-Mandarin), Presidio of Monterey, CA. Several extensive advanced Intelligence Courses at Ft. Holibird, MD and the Command and Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. His eighteen military awards and decoration (medals) include; three Bronze Stars, one Air Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, three Merchant Marine Medals (one for service in the North Atlantic and one for Mediterranean Service and a WWII Maritime Victory), two US National Defense Medals, a US Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Soldiers Medal and five other Vietnamese Medals. With his retirement in 1975 he became a realtor and operated his own business in Austin, TX until returning "home" to Denison, TX in 1986. After returning to Denison he did volunteer work for various non-profit activities such as; Dension SNAP, MHMR, Home Hospice, Meals on Wheels Program and "Time Out", a program for Alzheimer caregivers. Col. Hosford was a Life Member of the Retired Military Officers Association, The National Rifle Association a member of Masonic Lodge, Salomon Lodge, Stuttgart, Germany, Hero's of '76 and the Pen and Sword Society. As a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather we will miss his embracing arms, caring spirit and his pillar of strength for us. There will be a memorial service with 21 gun salute and flag ceremony in his hometown of Denison, Texas at the Fairview Cemetery. This is tentatively set for May 23. Please sign the online guest book at darrellhowemortuary.com

Published in The Daily Camera on Apr. 13, 2014
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