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Born: February 3, 1923

Death: May 21, 2012

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Shriners Hospital for Children, First United Methodist Church in Carlyle or to the donor's favorite charity

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James R. "Bob" Day

February 3, 1923 - May 21, 2012

James R. “Bob” Day was born on February 3, 1923, in Sandoval, Illinois. He is the son of John Thomas & Clora Belle (Jackson) Day. He married Marjorie Jane De Lay on October 21, 1945, in Keyesport, Illinois and she survives him in Carlyle.

Bob grew up in Sandoval and relocated to Carlyle after World War 2. He was the co-owner of the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle from 1949 to 2004 and Day Funeral Home in Sandoval & Patoka from 1981 until his retirement in 2004. He is a member of the Carlyle United Methodist Church and a former member of the Sandoval United Methodist Church, and served as Sunday School Superintendent for 19 years at the Carlyle United Methodist Church. He is a life member of the V.F.W. Post 3523 and The American Legion Post 404, both of Carlyle, and he is a past commander of the American Legion Post. He was the Clinton County Red Cross Chairman from 1950 to 1968 and during that time he started the Clinton County Blood Bank. He was the former Chairman of the Carlyle Industrial Foundation and during his tenure the land was purchased for the industrial Park on Old Highway 50 West. He is a life member of Scott Lodge No. 79 of Carlyle and he is a past Master of the Lodge, a member of the Scottish Rite of Southern Illinois in Belleville, Ainid Temple Shrine of East St Louis, the Centralia Shrine Club and he is a 33 Degree Shiner. Mr. Day is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Carlyle and the Past Paton of the order. He is a life member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, a founding member of the Air Force Museum in Duxford, England and a charter member of the 8th Air Force Association. Bob is a former member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Illinois Funeral Directors Association.

Bob enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1942, where he was a staff sergeant flying combat missions in a B-17 as a radar operator. Bob continued his service after the war in the United States Air Force until 1948. He was in the lead plane of 1,400 bombers in February of 1945 when the Industrial target of Munich Germany was bombed. Bob received four Unit Bronze Stars and a Three Oak-Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal for his military service. He was very proud of helping people during a difficult time in their life during his funeral service career. Bob enjoyed travel and especially a trip to his air force base in England and the 50th anniversary of D-Day. He also enjoyed trips with his grandchildren and will always be remembered as an avid fisherman and all around sportsman.

At the age of 89 years, James R. “Bob” Day entered into rest on May 21, 2012, at the Carlyle Nursing Home.

Mr. Day is survived by his wife, Marjorie J. Day of Carlyle; his sons and daughters-in-law, John R. “Bobby” Day and wife Carol of Carlyle and Dennis D. Day and wife Jessie of Sandoval; his grandchildren, John Barton Day and wife Julie of Sunset Hills, Missouri, Stephanie Wojcikiewicz and husband Dan of Alton, Illinois, Jason Day and wife Geni of Schwedelback, Germany, Rick Wilson and wife Angie of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Jamie Day and finance’ Phil Carey of Sarasota, Florida, Estella Engelhardt and husband Max of Florissant, Colorado. He is also survived by 15 great grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Lil Day of Jacksonville Florida; a brother-in-law, Paul Dove of Lake Placid, Florida and his nieces and their husbands, Elaine Stementzki and husband Tom and Lori Vaughn and husband David, all of Jacksonville, Florida.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Clora Day; a brother, John F. Day on September 27, 1995 and his sister, Ruth Dove on August 24, 2011.

Visitation will be conducted at Zieren Day Funeral Home on Wednesday May 23, 2012, from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M. and on Thursday from 8:00 A.M. until time of service. Masonic services will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. by the Scott Lodge No. 79.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted on Thursday May 24, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. at Zieren-Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Rev. Keith Michaels and Rev. Ray Long will officiate the services and burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery in rural Keyesport. The V.F.W. Post 3523 and American Legion Post 404 will provide military services at the cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, the Carlyle First United Methodist Church or the charity of the donor’s choice and can be left at Day Funeral Home in Sandoval or Zieren-Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.


Wednesday May 23, 2012, 4:00 PM - 8:00 P.M.

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Thursday May 24, 2012, 8:00 AM - 10:00 A.M.

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Funeral Service

Thursday May 24, 2012, 10:00 A.M.

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