Gordon H. Millar

November 28, 1923November 2, 2018
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Dr. Gordon H. Millar, age 94, passed away peacefully at his home in Port Orange, Florida on November 2, 2018. His beloved wife, Gina Millar, was by his side. Married on August 24th, 1957, Gordon and Gina had recently celebrated their sixty-first wedding anniversary. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Dill Millar and his brother Stewart Anderson Millar. Gordon was born on November 28, 1923, and is survived by his five children; George Millar, Kathryn List, Juliet Ragaishis, John Millar, and James Millar, as well as 13 grandchildren.

A veteran of World War II, Gordon served in the 78th Infantry Division in Europe and was awarded a Purple Heart. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Magna cum Laude from the University of Detroit. He received his PhD in Engineering at the University of Wisconsin in 1952. His career took him around the world and enriched his life with engineering challenges. Gordon is known for many achievements that have influenced the course of technology in engine design and production, often considered ground breaking. He retired as Vice President, Engineering from Deere & Company, Moline, Illinois, in 1984, and relocated with Gina to Spruce Creek Fly-In.

His professional affiliations include the National Academy of Engineering, the Society of Automotive Engineers International (President 1984-85), the Florida Engineering Society, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Science Foundation, National Research Council, National Bureau of Standards, and the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET), where he served as president.

Gordon was a multi-engine rated commercial pilot and an avid boater. In retirement, he enjoyed sponsoring the Daytona Beach Symphony Society, as well as membership in the Quiet Birdmen and the Veterans & Business Persons Club. He was particularly proud of helping to establish and sponsoring the da Vinci Grand Prize, a monetary award for the top engineering project at the annual Volusia County High School Engineering and Science Fair.

His humor will probably be better remembered than his tennis game, but his support for the “world famous” Spruce Creek Creekettes is legendary.

A funeral service will be held Friday, November 9, 2018, at 11:30 AM at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 4815 S Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange, Florida 32129, followed by burial with military honors, at Spruce Creek Cemetery, Port Orange, FL. Donation in his memory may be made to the Daytona Beach Symphony Society at Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Millar family.


  • Funeral Service Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Burial Friday, November 9, 2018

Gordon H. Millar

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charles gause

November 17, 2018

I worked with Gordon back in the early 70's at John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works. He was very serious and interested in manufacturing products that would meet our customers needs. We were in the early stages of developing tractors with a revolutionary new operators environment. The tractors that were developed and introduced were special. Gordon was great to work with! Charlie Gause

Alvin Spencer

November 13, 2018

May the Lord's peace be with you all at this time of celebrating the life and witness of Gordon to the world he impacted with his gifts and talents.
I knew Gordon at Deere & Company where he served as Vice President of Engineering. I was so blessed to know him this way since I was among the many engineers who benefited from his great wisdom and kind intervention into our lives, both professionally and personally.
May you be blessed of the Lord this day and every day to come.

Alvin D. Spencer
East Moline, IL

Bill Daley

November 12, 2018

I have very fond memories of Gordon Millar. I was good friends with his son, Jim and recall trips to the cabin in Minnesota and rough-housing in the basement of the Moline home.
I always thought of Mr Millar as an important man who commanded respect. What a terrific legacy of family, marriage and business.
My heartfelt condolences to Gina and my good pal Jim from long ago and his brother and sister.
May you all feel the presence of God as you remember the great impact that Gordon made on his community, his family and his beloved wife.
Billy Daley
Bettendorf, IA

Laurie Wilkinson Zelnio

November 11, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family on the loss of Gordon. My father, Tom Wilkinson, now also deceased, worked with - and was mentored by Gordon. My father always enjoyed Gordon's humor and professional collaboration. They were both U of Wisconsin engineering graduates, worked together in Michigan - and then Gordon sponsored Tom as one of his protegees to transfer to Deere & Company - where they both finished their professional careers.

My husband and I - also Deere & Company employees - and now retirees - also had the opportunity to meet and work with Gordon - and also benefit from his insights as a visiting professor at St Ambrose University's MBA program. Gordon touched our families, John Deere, and will be remembered for the uniquely interesting and insightful person that he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you -
** Bill and Laurie Zelnio
** Marlys Wilkinson

Mark Mikula

November 11, 2018

I served with Gordon for a time on the University of Detroit Mercy Engineering & Science Advisory Council. May Gordon Millar be Resting-in-Peace.

Michael McGuirk

November 7, 2018

Dear Gina & Family,
We will all miss Gordon, especially our Port Orange Ship Modelers Club in which Gordon was such an important part! He had such an accomplished life and ya'll were blessed with 5 kids and 11 grand children, which is so great. If we can offer our home to anyone who might need a place to stay or let us know in any way that we can help you and family at this difficult time.
You are in our hearts and prayers!
Mike & Victoria McGuirk