Colonel George E. "Bud" Day, Sr., USAF (Retired), resident of Shalimar, went home to be with the Lord on July 27, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa on Feb. 24, 1925. Bud was married to his hometown sweetheart, the "love of his life", for 64 years, served his nation for nearly 35 years, and fought in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He survived as a POW in North Vietnam for 5 1/2 years. He was the Air Force's most highly decorated living American serviceman, including the Congressional Medal of Honor as well as South Vietnam's highest military honor. He was instrumental in securing "Tricare for Life" for our military veterans.
He is survived by his wife, Doris; his children, Capt. Steve Day, Lt Col George Day, Jr., USAF (Ret) (Maryann), Sandra Hearn (Darren), and Sonja LaJeunesse (Kent) and his 14 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Aug. 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. A time of visitation began at 9 a.m. Interment followed at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola Naval Air Station at 3 p.m., the same day. The family would like to give special thanks to the medical staff at Eglin AFB and Emerald Coast Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Shalimar, Wounded Warriors Project or the Gary Sinise Foundation. Arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home. To share memories, express condolences and sign the online guestbook at www.daviswatkins.com
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Aug. 7, 2013