Remembrance of a Wonderful Life
Kenneth William Day, 75, of Boise, Idaho passed away Saturday Dec. 29th at Saint Alphonsus Hospital of Stage 4 metastatic melanoma/pulmonary embolism days after colon surgery.The son of Francis Chapman Day and Emma Christine (Johnson) Day was born on 9-27-1943 in Bristol, Connecticut.
Ken had a tremendous work ethic. At 8 years of age, he worked/shoveled at the Paine chicken farm. Then, getting up at 4 am while in school to work for Paine's Garbage service. He worked at Perry's service and gas station while in high school, graduating in 1962 from Simsberry High School.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1967 as an Avionics Technician. Ken fell in love with Boise and joined the Idaho Air National guard in December 1967 serving with the 124th Fighter Squadron for 31 years and retiring in 1998 with the 189th. He graduated NCO academy and flight simulator training. He retired as SMSGT serving TDYs in AZ, Alaska, Norway with active duty deployment to South-West Asia and Saudi Arabia. He was then on "Operation Comfort I" in Turkey, Iraq and Iran.
Ken was always riant (cheerful, happy, smiling). His work ethic was phenomenal! Companies: Clean Sweep (Now, Curtis Clean Sweep), Central Fire and Safety, Day-Z Investment Properties (50 yrs). He renovated several homes, built a cabin in McCall, a commercial building, his airplane hangar at Hubler field all while developing and maintaining rental properties. Offering advice and bending over backwards for tenants and friends.
He met his wife of 52 years, Zandra, at her high school graduation at University of North Dakota while he was stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Their courtship continued for 2 years while she attended the University of North Dakota while working at Cox's Bakery. He payed a lot of visits to that bakery!
He always had a second job, working dually at the Texaco Service Station and then at the Montgomery Wards. While in the Air Force, they eloped 11-22-66 and had a formal wedding on 6-9-67 at the Pekin (North Dakota) Lutheran Church, honeymooning at Niagara Falls, East Coast trip to his family and Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada. He bought an Alfa Romeo sports car, towing it back to North Dakota on their honeymoon. This was the first of MANY cars in their marriage.
We were blessed with two awesome children: Nichole '73 and Nathan '77 (Shanna). And only ever equaled by 2 granddaughters: Nakota Rose '97 and Daphne Emma '06. He also is survived by his wife, Zandra and elder brother, Raymond Day, (Cindy) and their children Kenneth and Kelly Day.
Family was paramount in Ken's/our busy life. We are a small, strong, united and loyal family. Nathan and Nikki have been our strength taking over responsibilities. Nathan carried his Dad to the ER with Nikki aiding the whole way. They are my strength and comfort. We share, laugh and weep together.
His love of cars, snowmobiles, boats, trailers, bucket trucks, backhoes, vintage cars, ATVS, motorcycles, motor homes and planes: "Gudday" aka "The Other Woman." He was a private aeronautical pilot who felt he touched the face of God when flying.
We are unable to express in mere words our gratitude to the champions and heroes: Dr. Kerry Pulver, Dr. John Green and Dr. Allen and Dr. Nancy Keegan-Orvando for their humanity, knowledge, empathy, courage and hands on constant care for Ken and family. This also includes NP Amy Dancer and Courtney. The angels amongst the nursing staff were just that - ANGELS. Never doubt the power of touch and hope.
Ken was a humble, intelligent, generous, giving, positive human being in all aspects of his life who always put other's first and never thought of himself, dismissing any acknowledgement with quiet grace.
Ken - aka Ken doll, Papa Bear - The "favorite kid" by mother-in-law, Mr. Wonderful by wife as well as Santa Baby during his Christmas hospital stays. Our hearts are tired and shredded, we thank you all for your friendship, prayers and appreciate that you were in his/our lives... with tears. To his Coffee Guys: "Lift your cup one more time to an amazing man who will be missed."
A military funeral is planned for a later date and he will be interred in the beautiful remembrance memorial wall at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery on Horseshoe Bend Road in Boise, Idaho. He flies with the Eagles!
She was everything he hoped for and he was everything she needed. Together they built a life they loved. Rest now dear one... you are so loved.