John Paul Day of Colville passed away May 18, 2012 at the age of 95 years of age. Johnny was born Oct. 11, 1916 at home in Bruce Creek (Dry Lake area).
Johnny would ride his horse to the country school, along with his two brothers and five sisters.
Johnny met his wife, Elsie Barton, at a Saturday night dance at the “Wigwam” which was the Colville Valley Grange on Williams Lake Road.
Johnny and Elsie were married on Feb. 12, 1941 and celebrated 71 years of marriage in February. What a tribute to the both of them for a long, loving and successful marriage.
Johnny knew the meaning of hard work, friendship and life’s values.
Johnny joined the armed forces in 1941 and served in WWII. He was stationed overseas in New Guinea and Australia (Biak Island). After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1945, Johnny returned home to his wife Elsie, who had not seen him in four years.
Johnny worked for his dad Charles “Rich” Day, in the logging industry for several years. Around 1955 Johnny joined Erling Armstrong as a mechanist and welded at Colville Machine Works.
In the 1960’s Johnny went to work for Vaagen Lumber Company, building their new mill in Colville. Johnny combined working for Vaagens and working at the machine shop until his retirement in 1979 at the age of 62.
After retirement, Johnny enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his garden and time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Johnny was a charter member of the Colville Eagles Lodge, a member of the VFW, and a past member of the Good Sam’s Club. Johnny was inducted into the Colville Valley Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.
Johnny is survived by his wife Elsie of 71 years; son Dick and Lou Ann, Yelm; son Leroy and Sharon, Colville; daughter Vicki and Mike Moffat, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; son Gary and Maria, Kennewick; sisters Helen Carson and Louise Holdaway, both of Colville; 17 grandkids, 26 great-grandkids and two great-great-grandkids and numerous nieces and nephews.
Johnny was preceded in death by his son, Elmer Day and by his grandson, Benji Day.
Memorial service will be held Friday, May 25, 2 p.m. at Colville Community Church (a United Methodist ministry) at 930 South Elm, Colville.
Celebration dinner following the memorial services will be held at the Colville Eagles Lodge. Main dish provided. Please fee free to bring a salad or dessert.
Memorial Contributions maybe given to Wounded Warriors “War Veterans” or to Providence Mount Carmel Hospital to the Nursing Education Fund.