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Neil Livingston Millar, of Landenberg, passed away peacefully on Aug. 15, 2017, with his wife by his side.

He was born April 12, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to John N. and Helen (Rankin) Millar.

The family settled in Danville, Pa., where Neil attended Danville High School, graduating in 1959, and met his wife of 53 years, Bonnie Louise Fruit.

After high school, Neil joined the Army Tank Corps and served on the German East/West border patrol for 32 months. Upon returning home he attended Wilkes College and worked as an intern for Baron & Strassman Accounting.

Neil and Bonnie married in June of 1965. By November 1967 Neil answered a newspaper ad for an accountant at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Wilmington, Del., and with the promise of warmer weather, Neil and Bonnie moved to a home on Milltown Road, the day they arrived it was snowing.

In 1973, Neil and Bonnie built a home in Landenberg, Pa., where they raised their two daughters, Gabrielle and Noel.

Neil retired from GM in 1998 and worked for UPenn's New Bolton Center for a time.

He was a diehard Penn State fan, an avid golfer and even marshalled for the LPGA for several years. He enjoyed NASCAR and Indy Racing, having had the pleasure of attending the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Sr., and Danica Patrick were his favorites.

Neil is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bonnie L. Millar, of Landenberg; brother, John Millar of Virginia Beach, Va.; sister, Johanne Henrickson of Forest Hill, Md.; cousin. Helen Coppin, of Tucson, Ariz.; daughters, Gabrielle Millar, of Indianapolis, Ind. and Noel Wardwell, of Drexel Hill; grandchildren, Matthew Rush, Gregory Gontz, Tyler and Jack Wardwell; six nieces and nephews; and five great-nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 24 at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Wilmington, Del., followed by a memorial service at noon.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.ALSA.org, or http://www.ilads.org/# as Neil suffered from Lyme Disease and ALS.

To send condolences, visit www.dohertyfh.com.
Published on August 18, 2017
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