Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Donald Ralph Gilder, age 73, of Duluth, GA, died on December 1, 2007 at the Gwinnet Medical Center in Duluth, GA following a short illness.

Mr. Gilder was a long time resident of N. Ridgeville, moving to Farmington Hills, MI in 1969, then to Middletown, Ohio in 1972. He had resided in Duluth GA since 1980. He retired in 1992 as a Regional Service Engineer for General Motors where he had worked for 29 years. He then continued to operate Gilder Consulting for several years. He was a former member of the 1st Congregational United Church of Christ, N. Ridgeville.

Mr. Gilder enjoyed restoring antique cars and trucks and was active at the YMCA in Norcross, GA.

He is survived by his daughters, Beth Goldsmith, of Norcross, GA and Joy Garcia, of San Juan, Puerto Rico; sons, Kent Gilder, of Duluth, GA, Clark Gilder, of Alpharetta, GA; eleven grandchildren; brothers, Robert Gilder, of N Ridgeville and Alan Gilder, of Elyria and sister, Lynne Dreger, of N. Ridgeville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn (nee Benner) Gilder and son, Chad Gilder.

The family will receive friends from 6-9 PM Friday, January 25, 2008 at the David Bogner Family Funeral Home 36625 Center Ridge Rd, N. Ridgeville. A Memorial Service will be held 11 AM Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the 1st Congregational United Church of Christ, 36363 Center Ridge Rd., N. Ridgeville. Rev. John Fairweather, Pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridgeville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Robert D. Fowler YMCA in memory of Donald R. Gilder 5600 West Jones Bridge Rd, Norcross, GA 30092.

For further information or to send an online condolence, please visit: www.davidbognerfamilyfuneralhome.com


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