John Dew “J.D.” McMillan, Jr., age 88, passed from this earth to his heavenly home on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Palm Gardens in Gainesville, Florida.
He was born to the late John Dew McMillan, Sr. and Zelma Blanche McMillan on November 3, 1935, in Santa Fe, Florida. J.D. was inducted into the United States Marine Corps on March 21, 1944, where he served as a Private First Class. While serving he participated in the Battle of Okinawa during World War II, and was part of the final attacks on the southern shore of the island. He received an honorable discharge on October 1, 1945. He received his diploma from Alachua High School in 1945 while serving in the Marine Corps.
J.D. held several jobs over the course of his life, most notably as a policeman with the Gainesville Police Department, before he began working as a machinist at the University of Florida in 1968 until his retirement on August 20, 1987. His favorite hobbies included watch repair, motorcycle riding, hunting, fishing, traveling in his motor home and swimming. J.D. became a Christian in September 1961, when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and in his younger years served as the Choir Director, Sunday School Director, Training Union Director, and deacon and choir member.
J.D. is preceded in death by his wife and mother to his two children Mary Louise Yoho McMillan. J.D. is survived by his two children; daughter Patricia Ann Strickland of Alachua, Florida; and a son Robert L. McMillan, Sr. (Debra) also of Alachua Florida. He is also survived by three grandsons; Andrew Strickland, Stuart Strickland, and Robert L. McMillan, Jr., and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation, P.O. Box 358296, Gainesville, FL 32635.
We are so sorry to hear of Mr. McMillan’s passing but are so glad we had an opportunity to see him not too long ago. He was such a precious person with such a sweet Christian spirit. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dwight and Cathie Thomas