Charles Edward Day, Lt. Col., Retired USAF, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., passed away peacefully at home with his family on July 28, 2012. He was 74 years old.
He was born March 1, 1938, in Sheridan, Wyo., to Charles E. and Maybella A. Day. He was a pilot in the USAF for 20 years, flying B47s, B52s and his favorite, RF4, in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. He met Patricia Jane Thomson in Orlando, Fla., and they married July 8, 1961, in Tampa, Fla. They were married 51 years.
He is survived by wife, Jane, Pagosa Springs, Colo.; three sons, Michael E. Day and his wife Mercy, their granddaughter, Shaila Wallace, San Antonio, Texas; Richard (Tom) Day, Morrison, Colo., his daughters, Amanda, Sioux Falls, S.D. and Alyssa, Vermillion, S.D., and his son Austin, Golden, Colo.; Timothy C. Day and his wife Beth, son Tim, daughters Catherine and Anna, all of Littleton, Colo. He is also survived by two brothers, Alan Day, Missoula, Mont., and Dick Day, Platte City, Mo., and two sisters, Cindy Kamat, Odessa, Fla., and Dorothy McCullough, Oskaloosa, Iowa. He is predeceased by father, mother and sister, Marion Shannon.
Ed (Eagle Scout) was active in Boy Scouts with his sons and very proud each gained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was especially proud when grandson Tim recently became an Eagle Scout also.
Little Anna said,“Grandpa is now with Willy (his beloved dog) in Heaven.” He will be greatly missed by wife, sons and grandchildren, who remember the fun of golfing, fishing and, as Amanda wrote,“The smell of coffee and pancakes he always made for us and his unconditional patience and love.” “We love you, rest peacefully, grandpa dearest with long, luxurious hair.” Austin, Alyssa and Amanda, “We were so blessed to have our grandpa for more than 20 years.”
A memorial at a later date will be planned to place Ed’s and Willy’s ashes together on the mountains they loved.
Memorial contributions can be sent to Wounded Warriors.