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 for 31 years and retiring in 1999. He graduated NCO academy and flight simulator training. He retired as SMSGT serving TDYs in AZ, Alaska, Norway and Operation Comfort I in Turkey, Iraq, and Iran.
Ken was always radiant (cheerful, happy, smiling). His work ethic was phenomenal! Companies: Clean Sweep (Now, Curtis Clean Sweep), Central Fire and Safety, Day-Z Investment Properties (50yrs). He renovated several homes, built a cabin in McCall, a commercial building, his airplane hangar at Hubler field all the 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 1-8-973 and Nathan 7-11-1977 (Shanna). And only ever equaled by 2 granddaughters: Nakota Rose 7-16-1997 and Daphne E1nma 28-2006. He also is survived by his wife, Zandra and elder brother, Raymond Day, (Cindy) and their children Kenneth Day and Kelly Day.
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.
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.
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 Horse Shoe Bend Rd. in Boise, Idaho. He flies with the eagles!
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 - 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 group at McDonalds: "Lift your cup one more time to an amazing man who will be missed."
She was everything he hoped for and he was everything she needed. Rest now dear one... you are so loved.