Maj. Warren W. GELSTON U.S. Army (Ret.)

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GELSTON, Maj. Warren W. (U.S. Army-Ret.) 88, of Spring Hill, died at home on March 10, 2013. His wife and three daughters were at his side. He was born in Brooklyn NY, the first son of Warren and Florence Gelston. He is survived by his cherished wife of 67 years, Althea (Brenner); daughters, Joanne Scott of Tarpon Springs, Barbara Enders and spouse, George Chapman of Baltimore MD; daughter, Nancy Warren Gotsch of Baltimore MD; his grandson, Jeremy Gotsch and wife, Jessica of Belmont MA; brother, Robert Gelston; and nephew, Craig and his wife, Lori and son, Christian of Amity Harbor NY; nephew, Robert Jr. and his wife, Barbara and their sons, Matt, Andrew and Peter of White Plains, NY. Warren graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in St. Albans, Long Island, NY. He studied at the Manhattan Institute of Architecture, and later worked for the firm of Madigan-Hyland in New York. He completed courses in mechanical engineering for the U.S. Army, ASTP at the University of California at Berkley, CA. Maj. Gelston's military career began in 1941 at age 16 in the New York National Guard, followed by his enlistment in the U.S. Army. He served as a First Sergeant with Company A, 89th Chemical Mortar Battalion in the Battle of the Bulge with other brave members of the "Greatest Generation." After World War II, Warren received a Field Commission to Second Lieutenant. He completed course training in the Counter Intelligence Corps. at Ft. Holabird in 1948 and 1953. In 1955, he achieved the rank of First Lieutenant, and, in 1959, as a Captain, completed the Associate Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course at the US Army Intellgence School. Warren faithfully and honorably served in U.S. Army Intelligence and Security (CIC 1947-1964 970, 7970, 66, 116, 470, 109, USAINTCA) until his retirement at the rank of Major in 1965. His service awards include medals for Military Merit, Good Conduct, American Campaign, European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign, World War II, Army of Occupation-Germany, National Defense, and Armed Forces Reserve. In 1996, Maj. Gelston was awarded a certficate of recognition for Cold War Service 1945-1991 from the Secretary of Defense. He was proud to be an American and to have served his country. Following his retirement from the U.S. Army, Maj. Gelston completed the Better Business Bureau Executive Management course at Washington University at St. Louis, and the Postgraduate Management Seminar at the Institute for Excecutive Development in Washington, DC. He received the Governor's Citation for exemplary service to his community in his second career as president of the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland from 1974 to 1981. Under his leadership, the organization earned a commendation letter from the Council of Better Business Bureaus as one of the top Bureaus in the country for rate of dispute resolution. Warren was a loyal friend and a good neighbor. He was admired and respected by all who knew him. Our family lovingly remembers him for his devotion to us, his limitless curiosity about absolutely everything, his remarkable storytelling, his many and varied "collections," his expert carpentry and his love of The Outer Banks of NC. He was a "fixer of all things," a voracious reader, a distinguished fisherman, a draftsman and artist, an enthusiastic gardner and kite flyer, and a model airplane and boat builder. The Gelston Family extends sincere thanks to those caring and supportive people who honored us with their time and sensitivity during a time of great challenge. Interment with Military Honors will take place at Florida National Cemetary, Bushnell at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made in Warren's memory as an online donation to the USO at On the site, select Donate/ then select "in memory of," or to the .

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 30, 2013
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