Mr. Day attended a one-room schoolhouse in Warren County and his teacher rode to school on horseback. He graduated from Lander High School in 1940. He served with the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star for the heroic action of carrying a wounded fellow soldier on his back to safety under enemy fire. He also received the Purple Heart for injuries suffered in the war.
Mr. Day attended art school in Pittsburgh following the war and worked at McCourt Label for 37 years as a commercial artist. After retirement in 1987 he volunteered for the American Red Cross and the McKean County Special Olympics for a number of years
He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bradford. He was well-known in the community for his outgoing nature and kind ways.
In addition to his wife, Lois, of 64 years, he is survived by four sons, Kenneth R. (Jean) Day of Reisertown, Md., Robert J. Day of Olean, N.Y., John M. (Tammy) Day of Bliss, N.Y., and Thomas S. Day of Bradford; four daughters, Kathy ‘Kate’ (Roger) Sager of Bradford, Carol L. (Rand) Feura of Santee, Calif., Judith L. (Thomas) Biggins of Norwood, N.J., and Laura L. (George) Puvel of Thurmont, Md.; two brothers, Richard (June) Day of Dillsburg, and Don (Janet) Day of Warren; two sisters, Doris Burkland of Fredonia, N.Y., and Susie Dunkle Nuccio of Fredericksburg, Va.; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by two brothers, Virgil Day and John Kenneth Day who was killed in combat during World War II; a sister, Helen Parker Gilman; and a granddaughter, Samantha Puvel.
Family and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 2, 2013) at St. Bernard Catholic Church with Father Raymond Gramata serving as celebrant. Light refreshments will follow at St. Bernard Social Center. A burial ceremony will be held at a later date at Thompson Hill Cemetery in Warren County. Memorials, if desired, may be made to Futures Rehabilitation Center in Bradford or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.