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 www.meadorsfuneralhome.com