Terry Day
1949 - 2020
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Terry Day 1949 - 2020
Rochester, IL—Terry L. Day, 71, died July 16 at his home in Rochester after his 13 grandchildren had the opportunity to say, I love you, Pops. Terry was born on February 11, 1949 in Springfield, the son of Lewis E. and Mary L. Day.
He married Donna Schwartz on June 14, 1969 at Little Flower Church in Springfield. Together they had 4 children, Janice (Mike) Fleming of Litchfield, Terry T (Tammy) of Springfield, Timothy (Angie) of Rochester, and Amy (Ray Sharp) of Auburn.
Terry was employed at Capitol Airport beginning in 1978 as a Fire/ Police Officer, and later at the Rochester Police Department. He graduated from Lincoln Land Community College in 1983. His passion was construction and he left his footprint as Day and Co. Inc, in nay locations in the Rochester and Springfield area. He was one of a group who developed The Woodlands subdivision in Rochester. He was an active member of the Springfield Area Home Builders Association serving as president in 2006, as well as a State Association Vice President in 2007 and 2008. He was awarded the designation of Remodeler of the Year in 2009 and Builder of the Year in 2010 by the Springfield Area Home Builders Association.
Terry was one of the initial members of the Rochester Rescue Squad and a member of the Rochester Volunteer Fire Department later serving as a member of the Rochester Fire Board. He also served as a board member for the Village of Rochester.
Terry was a member of St. Jude Church in Rochester, who served on the Building and Finance Councils. Under the Day and Co. umbrella, he directed a Habitat for Humanity house on the north side of Springfield which was sponsored by St. Jude's during Father Bill Carpenter's tenure.
Terry enjoyed nothing better than a St. Louis Cardinal's Baseball game with family or friends, spending time in Marshall, and family vacations with all the kids and grandkids along, especially sharing a Popsicle on the beach, and the 2014 trip to Washington D.C. where he was able to share his interest in the history of the US with his grandchildren.
Terry is survived by his wife, Donna; his children, Janice, Terry, Tim, and Amy, grandchildren; Greta, Ellen and Olivia Fleming of Litchfield, Faith and Andrew Day of Springfield, Alyse, Alyssa and Brock Day of Rochester, and Bradley, Jacob, Jenna, Justin and Jeffrey Sharp of Auburn; siblings Bob (Margaret) Day, Gail Day, Randy (Sherry) Day and Karla (Brett) Klindworth. He was preceded in death by his parents Louie and Mary Day, and a granddaughter Maria Esther Day.
Visitation will be on Sunday, July 19, from 2:00-5:00 PM at Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home, 530 North Fifth Street, in Springfield. Funeral Mass will be on Monday, July 20, at 10:00AM at the Church of St Jude in Rochester. Reverend Charles Edwards and Reverend R. Dean Probst will concelebrate with burial at Rochester Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Jude, Rochester Fire & Rescue Squad or the Children's Miracle Network. We request you a mast for the visitation and mass.
Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home in Springfield is in serving the Day Family.



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Published in The State Journal-Register from Jul. 17 to Jul. 19, 2020.
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July 25, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear that Terry passed... I’m so thankful for all the things Terry taught me in the short time I had the opportunity to work at Day and Co. Hands down he was one of the best bosses I ever had.
Bill Lindsey
Coworker
July 22, 2020
I am so very sad to learn of Terry’s passing, Donna. Your family and our community at large has lost a very fine man who epitomized integrity, hard work, commitment and above all his love of wife and family. My deepest sympathy goes to you and your family. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Bob Colantino
Friend
July 20, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Donna and family, at this difficult time. Know that we are saddened by your loss. Prayers for comfort and strength are sent your way.
Mike and Connie Rosa
Friend
July 20, 2020
We are thinking and praying for you all and send our deepest love and sympathies for the loss of Terry.
The Jones Family
Family
July 20, 2020
Donna and family,
So sorry and sad about Terrys passing.
We go back to his days coaching Little League in the 1970s when we first moved. He helped and served Rochester and the Church in so many ways over the years. Thank you, too, for your service to the school.
May Terry Rest In Peace. He will always be remembered.
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July 20, 2020
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July 19, 2020
Donna, so sorry to hear about Terry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Bob & Tracy McDermott
Bob McDermott
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July 19, 2020
Im so sorry to hear of Terrys passing. Our thoughts and prayers to Donna, Janice, Terry, Tim, Amy and all of the family. He will be missed
Ken and Nancy Miller
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July 18, 2020
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July 18, 2020
My heart goes out to the family , I did not know Terry very well but I was close to Bon & Gail . reading Terry's obit he did a lot of good in his short life ! I would attend the funeral but I am on oxygen & afraid of the virus . Butch Altig
Butch Altig
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July 17, 2020
An outstanding Rochester High Alumnus, citizen and family man.
Rocky Griffin
Classmate
July 17, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Day family. May God comfort you during this time. Rest easy Mr. Day.
Andy Rath
Friend
July 17, 2020
You are in our thoughts & prayers!
Carroll & Jan Heissinger
Friend
July 17, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss! Prayers for your family!
Cristina Suerdieck
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