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John W. Gilboux

Obituary for John W. Gilboux

March 18, 1930 - November 19, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 87


Ltc. John W. Gilboux US Army (Ret.) passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at his home in San Antonio, TX at the age of 87. He was born on March 18, 1930 in New Kensington, PA. to parents, George H. and Mildred Emonds Gilboux. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers George and Ron and sister Mitzie, brothers-in-law Glenn Stuckman and Gene Pleva.

John was a 1948 graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Natrona, PA. He met the love of his life, Bernice, at a local dance. His dream was to become a soldier. He hitchhiked to Washington D.C. seeking a congressional appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. John realized his boyhood dream by graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in June of 1954 and married Bernice, whom he had courted through his academy years, on September 4, 1954. After graduation he reported for basic infantry officer training at Fort Benning, GA then was assigned to the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, NC. He was sent to Korea in 1956 then served as an instructor at the Ranger mountain camp in Dahlonega, GA. Having completed advanced infantry training at Ft Benning he received an assignment to the 10th Special Forces in Bad Tolz, Germany from 1961-1964. He continued his career at Fort Campbell, Kentucky with the 101st Airborne, the "Screaming Eagles". In 1965 he landed in Vietnam, where he served with the 101st Airborne under Col. Joe Wasco. He had a very busy Guardian Angel during this tour being awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor and Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Purple Heart. Returning from his 1st tour of Vietnam he had assignments in Fort McAllen, Alabama, the Pentagon, a 2nd tour in Vietnam and as a faculty member at the Armed Forces Staff College, in Norfolk, Virginia where he retired in 1976 with 22 years of service as an infantry officer.

After retirement he moved his family to San Antonio, Texas where he earned his law degree from St. Mary's University in December of 1978 and had a private practice in San Antonio. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and one of the first parishioners of the newly established St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church.

John was a proud veteran who credited his experience & education at West Point for providing him with many of the good things in his life. His academy classmates were not only comrades in arms but lifelong friends who he enjoyed seeing at the many class and unit reunions he regularly attended.
John adored his five lovely granddaughters. He was a frequent fan at youth soccer, volleyball, basketball, and any other sport that his granddaughters were playing. John and Bernice took the girls on summer vacations; driving trips to Florida beaches, Niagara Falls and visiting relatives in Pennsylvania. John enjoyed having the girls visit them in San Antonio where there would be trips to Sea World, the zoo and museums. John was a devoted grandfather that was present for baptisms, first communions, school awards days, high school and college graduations, and weddings. When not chasing the little white ball around Ft. Sam Houston golf course with his best friend Craig Spence he was cheering on his fighting Irish on Saturdays, Steelers on Sunday and the Black Knights of West Point any time they played.

John is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Bernice Caroline; son, John and wife Karen and their daughters Emma and Tess, his daughters Amy Drake and husband Steve and their daughters Sarah and husband Eric Harris and Katheryn; Suzanne Gilboux and spouse Penny Duke; Julie and husband Michael Neely and their daughter Shaleigh; his sister Rosemary Pleva and sons Mark and Thomas, sister-in-law Dorothy Gilboux and children Kathryn, Christine and Steven; niece Karen Jurkovic and nephew Daniel Stuckman.

The family also extends its sincerest thanks, appreciation & gratitude to Linda Jones and Marynelda Aguilar for the care and dignity they provided our father over the last several months.

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In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to St. Mark's St. Vincent DePaul or St. Mark's Loaves & Fishes, 1602 Thousand Oaks Drive, San Antonio, TX 78232.

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