Gerald F. “Gary” Mills

August 11, 1935 - May 15, 2014
Gerald F. “Gary” Mills


Gerald F. “Gary” Mills MSgt (Ret.), age 78, of Wilmington passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born August 11, 1935 in Los Angeles, California the son of the late Bill and Mary Mills. He is preceded in death by sister, Darlene Borsch; son, Larry Mills; and granddaughter, Kaitlin Parker.

Gary had a distinguished 25 year career and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster. He later became an instructor and pilot in the commercial sector and traveled extensively throughout his career as a flight engineer. He was a member of the Masons St. Johns Lodge #1, Elks BPO Lodge #532, Scottish Rite Eastern Star A.R.E.M.E Chapter # 372, American Legion, and the VFW Post # 2573. Most of all, Gary was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be missed by all that knew him.

Surviving are his loving wife of 32 years, Christine “Chris” Mills; children, Christy Berg (Bob) and Troy Johnson (Laura) all of Wilmington, NC; sister, Pat Crooks (Rick) of Nashua, IA; brother, Richard Mills (Donna) of New York; grandchildren, Kristin Parker, Kara Siharat (Oy), Kylie Parker and McKenzie Berg; great grandchildren, Skylar Bishop, Lucius Bishop, Femi Siharat, Chloe Siharat, Emma Siharat and Benjamin Parker; and numerous other loving nieces and nephew in North Carolina and California.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. A reception will follow at the St. John’s Lodge #1 AF&AM, 4712 Oriole Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • May 15, 2014
    Linda Blasingame says:
    Chris, I am so sad to hear that Gary has passed. All memories I have of him are with a smile and joke. I admired him and offer you my condolences. Know that your Sisters and Brothers hold you and your family up in prayer. Linda Blasingame

  • May 16, 2014
    Dennis DuChemin says:
    Expressions of Sympathy Dennis DuChemin has sent this Expressions of Sympathy card.

  • May 16, 2014
    Dennis D. DuChemin says:
    My cousin Gary will be remembered both in my mind, and in my heart.

  • May 16, 2014
    Jim O'Daniell Sr. says:
    Chris, Very surprised and sorry to learn about the passing of Gary. A true patriot and a fellow Mason and AF Veteran. We wish you our condolences. Jim & Jean O'Daniell

  • May 16, 2014
    Ireland and Roselyn Upchurch says:
    Chris, Ireland and I enjoyed our association with Gary when we were all in Pilot. He was such a great supporter of you and Pilot. Our deepest sympathy to you and the family.