John H. Day, a 20-year resident of Green Valley, passed away peacefully in his home on Jan. 28, 2013. He was born in Lincoln, Maine on April 8, 1925 to Crystal and Monroe Day.
After his mother's untimely death in 1926, his grandparents, Rev. John Rossnagle and wife, Belle, became his surrogate parents. John graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln in 1943 and immediately volunteered to serve in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He became a ball turret gunner on a B17 and flew 35 missions over Germany.
In Dec. 1945, John married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Nicholson. He graduated from Oswego State Teacher's college in 1949 and taught Industrial Arts (in Fairfield and Westport, CT) for 34 years. He retired in 1983 and became well-known for his wood carving and artwork. He also enjoyed volunteering as a docent at the 390th Memorial Museum in Tucson and hiking with his Viewpoint Hiking Club friends on Arizona trails.
John is predeceased by his brother, Arthur. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his four children and their spouses, Crystal Babin (Angelo Vicari) of Huntington, CT, Claudia (John Dapp) of Newtown, CT, Scott (Christine) of Trumbull, CT and Cindy (Jack Baer) of Warren, OH; and eight beloved grandchildren. As requested by the deceased there will be no services. Those who wish to may donate in his memory to the 390th Memorial Museum (6000 E. Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85756) or Carondelet Hospice (1802 W. St. Mary's Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745).
Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Jan. 30, 2013.