DAY, RET. COLONEL GEORGE RICHARD "DICK, " 93, of Louisville, passed away on Sunday October 7, 2012 at the Episcopal Church Home.
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Colonel Day has been a native of Louisville, Kentucky all his life and graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce in 1941. He holds the degree of Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisville.
Colonel Day enlisted in the Army in September 1942, attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in the Infantry in 1943. During World War II, he served with the l04th Infantry Division.
Colonel Day volunteered to return to active duty during the Vietnam crisis, was called up in December of 1966 and served until the end of May, 1970. During this time, he served in the capacities of Inspector General and Deputy Commander Southern Sector 20th US Army Corps. He also served as Senior Advisor to reserve units in Kentucky and Ohio areas.
Upon release from active duty he became attached to the 158th Support Group which he commanded his last three years. Military education includes US Army Infantry School, Adjutant General Basic and Advanced Officer Course, Graduate of Command and General Staff School and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is also a Logistician having completed the Logisticians Executive Development Course.
Colonel Day served in the Rhineland and Central European campaigns. He holds the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Meritorius Service Medal.
Colonel Day was a real estate broker in the Louisville area specializing in property management, and was active in civic affairs as well as the Reserve Officers Association. He has served as a director and President of the Pendennis Club, as director and Past President of the Louisville Lung Association, also Director and Secretary of the Heart Association of Louisville and Jefferson County, and a director and Vice-President of t he Kentucky Lung Association. He was a vestryman in the Episcopal Church and a past director of the USO - Louisville Service Club.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Evelyn " Evie " Day ; children, Evelyn Day Butler (Geoffrey) of Miramar Beach, FL and Harriet Day Jett (Adam) of Atlanta, GA ; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff of the Episcopal Church and Hosparus for their devoted care of Col. Day.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2012 at St. Luke's Chapel at the Episcopal Church Home, 7504 Westport Road with private burial. Pearson's enstrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to St. Marks Episcopal Church or the Episcopal Church Home.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11, 2012