KEN DAY Friday, June 29, 1934 - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ken Day, age 82, of Ozark, Missouri, passed away in his home, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Maude Day; a brother, Benton; a sister Emogene McDaniel; and his grandson, Joshua Sanders.

Ken is survived by his loving wife Marie; three daughters, Debbie Sanders and her husband Dennis, Dana Day-Rich and her husband Tommy, and Drenda Rusenstrom and her husband Kevin; 12 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.

Ken managed the Home Center in Republic for 27 years. He was a hard worker since youth and believed strongly in providing for his family. Ken loved spending time with his family, and if he could have them all live with him, he would. All the noise and chaos was music to his ears. He loved every minute and never wanted it to end. Family dinners never lasted long enough for him. His memory was acute. He could remember childhood friends and townspeople, and give you each genealogy record.

Ken’s sole purpose was to encourage each person he encountered. This was usually accomplished through jokes, but the warmth exchanged, was always evident. Ken simply loved people and loved being with people. He had a keen sense of how to see inside a person, locate the hurt, and apply his medicine to heal. It was if you were the only person in his world. He wouldn’t know how to show rejection if you explained it to him.

Having found true love in grade school, Ken and Marie had such a passion to help fortify other marriages. They spent countless hours counseling couples to repair and restore what God had ordained.

Ken valued education and learning. He even bribed his daughters with a car if they would attend college. He loved watching jeopardy and was in awe of how individuals could know the answer to so many questions.

Ken loved telling stories of his childhood. From all the help and advice of Bearl, to riding his bike to Emogene’s and spending the night, to the tricks he would play on Leo; all of his memories were filled with life and fun.

One of his most valuable traits was to “purpose” to be happy and learn in whatever situation life presented him with. This core belief was supported by Ken’s deep faith and trust in the sovereignty of his Creator. His last words to one of his daughters were “you have to forgive and love, all the time, forgive……….and love!” He not only lived by those words, he embodied them.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., with a reception to follow, on Saturday, May 27, 2017 in the James River Church South Campus, Clark Chapel. Flowers will be accepted at the church. Online condolences may be shared at

Service Details: A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., with a reception to follow, on Saturday, May 27, 2017 in the James River Church South Campus, Clark Chapel. Flowers will be accepted at the church.

So sorry to hear of Kens passing. Wish we could have attended the memorial.  Ken was such a joy to be around.  We love and enjoy your family and and know Gods peace Is with you all.  You are certainly in our prayers. 
Thank you for your prayers, sorry you could not  attend  He truly was a joy.  He  just could not wait, he had to go to the early service , wish we  could just touch him!  You guys be blessed.  Marie.
Thank you for your prayers,  and it would have been good to see you guys at his celebration of life!  He truly was a joy and oh such a sweet man to share life with  and dreams.  Sixty four years was not nearly long enough,  we were working on a century marriage!   You guys be blessed and love on each other as much as possible, today, I wish I could just touch him!  Marie.
Thank you Roger and Bonnie, Ken loved you guys and appreciated your ministry Roger.  We both enjoyed your fellowship.  Be blessed,Marie
 Sorry we are out of town and will not be able to attend the memorial service. We really appreciated our time with Ken in Republic and all he did for us.  He was a good friend in the Lord. 
Marie you and your family have our deepest sympathy. Ken was my mentor and I learned a lot from both of you. Ken sent on my life's future and I will always be grateful for that chance. Our prayers are with you and your entire family.        Bruce and Carolyn brashers
Bruce, you were always a joy to Ken.  You were so teachable and eager to learn and learn it right.  We really miss him!  However we know where he is and will see him again.  You kids be blessed and love on each other because  today, I cannot touch him and it is so hard!  Thank you for the prayers..  Marie.
Blessing to you Marie.....Ken is where we are all going.  Love to you Pam Norwood Oasis Radio Network
Pam, thank you for your  kind words.  What a consolation to know we will be together again.  Love to you and yours,  be blessed. Marie.
It is with heart felt sympathies that we remember Kenny, he was always so nice when we would meet him on the street and made you feel like a friend of his. Keeping your family and friends in our hearts and in our prayers. Don and Debby Day-Clutter
Thank you Debby for thinking of us and expressing your kindness  to Ken.  We appreciate your prayers and wish you the best in blessings.  He truly loved people and serving them.  Marie.