Robert Edward Day, age 74, of Vandalia, formerly of Farber, passed away unexpectedly at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the family’s home in Vandalia.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Services are set for Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating will be the Rev. Glenn Forman.
Music will be provided by Sharon Hoehn – pianist.
Interment will be in the Farber Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Scott Nilges, Sean Nilges, Lucas Nilges, Allison Griggsby, Brianne Griggsby, and Garrett Day.
Honorary pallbearers include Leland Griggsby, Rob Reynolds, Stephen Nilges, Hayden Day, Jessica Nilges, and Tyson Hull.
Robert E. Day was born on June 6, 1939 in Mexico, Mo. the son of Richard Vorhesse and Lucretia Estella (Fox) Day.
He married Mary Elizabeth Simms on June 30, 1962 in Leadwood, Mo.
Bob attended schools in Mexico and after school, he moved to the St. Louis area.
For over 12 years he drove a truck for Warren Brothers Asphalt Company and he drove a cab in St. Louis for several years. Bob then worked at D & H Auto Repair for four years then was co-owner of a Texaco Station in St. Louis for five years.
He and Mary moved to the Farber area in 1983. Bob attended the Farber Baptist Church and enjoyed several hobbies.
He competitively raced his car at the drag races in the St. Louis area for 30 years. Bob was an avid Cardinal baseball fan and NASCAR fan. He also enjoyed fishing, watching and reading old Westerns. While in Farber, Bob rebuilt many car and truck engines.
Survivors include his wife, Mary of Vandalia; one son, Thomas D. and wife, Stephanie Day of Vandalia; two daughters LuAnn and husband, Stephen Nilges of Farber; Robyn E. Day and Leland Griggsby of Vandalia; one brother, James V. Day of Farber; two sisters Nancy Musgrove of Mexico, Mo. and Judy Martin of Benton City; eight grandchildren: Scott and wife Jessica Nilges, Sean Nilges, Lucas Nilges, Allison Griggsby, Brianne Griggsby, Garrett Day and Hayden Day; also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; one son, Robert E. Day Jr.; four brothers: Billy J. Day, Thomas R. Day, C.C. Day and Howard D. Day; five sisters: Dorothy B. Spencer, Norma L. Jones, Mildred L. Day, Betty J. Holiday and Marjorie A. Keniston; one grandson, Cody Nilges.
Memorials are encouraged to the American Heart Association.