The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 17, 2013

Robert Burton Older


GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Robert Burton Older, 90, of Grants Pass, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Ashley Manor in Grants Pass, Ore.

Services are planned at noon Monday, May 20, at the National Cemetery in Danville. This will be a military interment of his ashes in recognition of his World War II service.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

He was born Nov. 26, 1922, in Danville, Ill., to Roy B. and Ethel C. Older.

He grew up in Danville. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. He participated in the landing at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

He moved to California and worked as a machinist and an electrical engineer for Hughes Aircraft and other companies.

He helped to found Microlectron Corporation, one of the first Thick Film Technology companies of the mid-1950s. He also worked as a consultant for various companies in southern California.

He moved to Grants Pass from California in 1983.

Older was a former member of the Masonic Lodge in Glendale, Calif., and the Eagles in Grants Pass, Ore. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking.

Survivors include his son, Robert Bradley “Brad” Older of Rainier, Wash.; his sister, Wilma Jane Zillman of Vancouver, Wash.; his companion, Ruth Sauvé of Grants Pass; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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