Milton Ray Gilford was born on Thursday, October 31, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan to Dan and Lula (Jackson) Gilford. He was the second of six children. He entered into eternal rest on Monday, June 4, 2018. He attended Detroit public schools, including Southeastern High School.
Flight was Milton’s first love. He often talked about going down to the airfield as a child, and said that a kind caretaker would open planes and let him crawl around in them. His dream was to be a pilot. In that regard he entered the United States Air Force in response to his country’s call to duty.
He married Girlene Marie Williams on May 21, 1960 and settled in Austin, Texas. To this union his son, Raymond Gilford, was born.
Following his military service he attended Huston-Tillotson College, and Southwest Texas State University. He later completed Ground School and flight certification and fulfilled his childhood dream, flying various light aircraft across the country for many years.
His career was varied. He worked in sales and held clerical positions. He served his community as a deputy sheriff for Travis County before accepting a post with the United States Border Patrol, and settling with his family in southern California. His love of flight called to him again, and he went to work for PSA airlines. He completed Airframe and Powerplant licensing and spent his final working years with US Airways in California, Delaware and Virginia as a mechanic until his retirement in 2002.
He professed a hope in Christ and was baptised by Pastor Johnnie Fleming at Second Baptist Church in Chester, Virginia.
His parents, sister, and one of his four brothers preceded him in death.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his son Raymond Gilford, Girlene Marie Gilford, brothers Charles Gilford of Dallas Texas, Dan Gilford and Stanley Gilford, both of Detroit, Michigan, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
The family would like to thank the physicians, nurses, case managers and staff of North Austin Medical Center, Legend Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation - North Austin, and Heart to Heart Hospice for their tireless efforts on Milton’s behalf.