Roger D. Gist Sr. is the oldest living child of the late Evelyn Gist. Born 25 August 1938 Roger served his country for 17 years in the US Army as a member of the elite Special Forces, including three combat tours in Vietnam. After retiring from the Army Roger continued public service helping disabled veterans obtain benefits. Roger was married to the late Geraldine Walker Gist, together they raised six children. Roger has twelve grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.