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Douglas Melvin Day


1933 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Douglas Melvin Day Obituary
Douglas Melvin Day, loving husband and father, passed away on November 30, 2015 at the age of 82. He was born on July 24, 1933 in Colorado City, to John Douglas and Hattie Mae Leinneweber. Doug traced his Prussian ancestry in Texas via the Leinneweber surname to 1847, and his Frisian ancestry in Texas via the Banta surname to 1840.
Doug graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1950 at age 16. He was offered a football scholarship to Schreiner Junior College in Kerrville, graduating in December 1952, then transferring to North Texas State College in Denton, graduating in January of 1955.
Doug met his wife Veleta in the summer of 1953 and they were married on June 5, 1954 in the First Baptist Church of Sweetwater.
Doug joined the U.S. Navy and graduated from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Company 605 on November 2, 1955. Doug and Veleta lived in Norfolk, VA, while Doug served in the Air Intelligence Office on the U.S.S. Forrestal CVV-59.
Doug joined the U.S. Gypsum Company in Sweetwater the first Monday after return home from the Navy, working rigs in the fields of west Texas.
Doug began his 34-year career with the J.C. Penney Company on April 1, 1959 in Fort Worth. Doug and Veleta resided in Fort Worth for 6 years, moving to Dallas in 1965, and Houston in 1968. Doug's first Store Manager posting was in Joplin, MO in 1970, followed by Store Manager positions Alexandria, LA in 1974 and North Little Rock, AR, in 1975. From 1980 to 1987 Doug was a District Manager in Tulsa and Houston. His final posting was the Highland Mall store in Austin from 1988 to 1994.
Doug was active in the community supporting organizations including the Boy Scouts, Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary, and the Kiwanis. He was also a member of the United Way and a member in good standing of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.
Doug was a dedicated Christian and strong in his faith. He is survived by his daughters Victoria Day, of McKinney and Charlotte Day of Pompano Beach, FL.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Dec. 6, 2015
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