Gaylord Winston Hoisington, 72, of Warrenton, died unexpectedly on September 6, 2017, as a result of complications from surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
He was born April 23, 1945, in Alexandria, to the late Wendell E. and Marion L. (Collins) Hoisington.
After his father was discharged from the Army, the family moved back to their home in Johnson, Vermont, where Mr. Hoisington spent the first five years of his life. He attended schools in Arlington, Falls Church, Virginia and Frankfurt, Germany, where his father worked for the U.S. government. He graduated from Whitehall-Yearling High School in Whitehall, Ohio, in 1964.
Mr. Hoisington enlisted in the U.S. Army, underwent paratrooper training and served in Viet Nam. He was awarded a Purple Heart after being severely wounded and spent nearly a year in the hospital in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
He settled back in Vermont, where he graduated from Johnston State College with a degree in recreation. He was an avid skier, and trained and judged champion field trial dogs.
After moving back to Virginia, he worked as a soil conservationist for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the Division of Hydropower Licensing, a job he held since 1991. Mr. Hoisington switched from motorcycles to horses and began foxhunting with the Casanova Hunt. His passion for hunting reignited, he became a Whipper-in and a member of the board. He was an indispensable part of the hunt volunteering for the many task needed to maintain the country and the hunt.
He was also a vital part of the team needed to put on the “oldest horse show in the United States,” the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, and the Warrenton Horse Show.
His ability to do nearly any job asked from plumber, electrician and carpenter to equipment operator and the knowledge that he would do that job to the very best of his ability made him an invaluable member of the team.
Survivors include his companion, Judy Phillips; his brother W. Dean Hoisington and wife Bobbi of Sterling; his sister, Barbara K. Smith and brother Philip of Santa
Barbara, Calif., and several nieces and nephews. He also had a wide circle of friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Faith E Handley of Ridgway, Pennsylvania.
There will be a memorial service at 4299 Casanova Road, Warrenton, to celebrate Mr. Hoisington’s life on at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017.
A graveside service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.