William "Bill" Day

Aug 12, 2018
Day, William Courier


2:00pm Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church



12:30 to 2:00pm Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church


Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors


Ronald McDonald House, 730 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246


William "Bill" Day, 98 1/2 of Waterloo died at Covenant Medical Center on Sunday, August 12, 2018 of natural causes.  He was born March 18, 1920, in Mediapolis, IA, son of Lester and Evangeline (Weigle) Day. He married Evelyn Grootveld in 1942 in Bakersfield, CA. She died August 31, 1988.


Bill graduated from Oskaloosa H.S. 1937. He attended William Penn for 2 years and later graduated from the University of Iowa in 1947 with a BS in Commerce.  Bill worked as a Transportation Manager at Rath Packing for over 30 years and Kroblin Transportation, retiring in 1983.


He was a Captain in the United States Army Air Corp, serving as a Pilot on B17, B24, B29 and was a B17 Instructor Pilot during WW11.


Bill was a former member of the First United Methodist Church, South Waterloo Church of the Brethren, and a current member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.  He was an avid golfer, storyteller, enjoyed fishing, followed the Hawkeyes and rarely missed “Judge Judy.” He loved his family which were a big part of his life.


He is survived by his special companion Bobbi Sturgeon of Waterloo; three daughters, Sherry (Doug) Malcolm of Pittsboro, NC; Deb (Dale) Calender of Williamsburg, VA; Shelly (Ken) Snyder of Alexandria, MN, and son, Jon (Susan) Day of Fairfield Glade, TN.


Eleven Grandchildren, Erica (Paul) Overshiner, Stefanie (Dustin) Thornburg, Katie (Tyson) Bjorklund, Lindsay (Justin) Larson, Maggie (Stu) Wood, Bill (Emily) Malcolm, Chad (Kate) Malcolm, Christopher (Tina) Day, Jennifer (Justin) Allar, Matt (Allison) Guba, and Zach (Alexis) Guba; 22 Great Grandchildren, Quinn, Chelsea, Cooper, Hannah, Myles, Ella, Trevor, Grace, Michael, Zoe, Emma, Micah, Alli, Brett, Will, Stella, Kate, Gunnar, Finley, Henrik, Silas, and Dierks; two Great Great Grandchildren: Lukas, and Leilliann


Preceded by: wife; and sister, Ruth DeBruyn

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  1. Mark Barclay | Aug 16, 2018

    Bill Day was an exceptionally good man. He was also our neighbor. He was one of my best friends dad.

    I always enjoyed our conversations in the years before I left Waterloo. Always interesting, humorous and a very wise man.

    Over 55 years ago, I was a very young child, he pulled me out of the path of a speeding car. He may have saved my life! I still remember that and the long, wise lecture that quickly followed.

     My deepest sympathy and sadness to the fine family he raised.

    The world will always miss the presence of such fine people like Bill Day

     Thank-you Bill

    M J Barclay

    Sierra Vista, Az.

  2. Zac Barclay | Aug 15, 2018
    My grandparents, Russell and Maria lived two houses from the Days on Bertch Ave.  My dad, Mark eventually bought that house.  Mr. Day was always very kind to me when I was a little kid and would spend time chatting with me on the front porch of his home.  I was a motor mouthed kid that would talk your ear off for hours if you let me and Mr. Day never seemed to mind.  My condolences to the entire family during this difficult time. 
  3. Joseph Webber | Aug 15, 2018

    Bill Day was one of the greatest men that I have ever met. He was always pleasant and positive. He loved to laugh. He did a lot of good things for a lot of people. He was one of my Dad's best friends. They played a lot of golf together and genuinely enjoyed each other. God bless you and all of your family, Bill. Thank you for everything that you did for me growing up.

    We're sure gonna miss you.

  4. Darnell Jones | Aug 15, 2018

    Bill was pleasure to be around during his stay here at Mallard Point. I really enjoyed having conversations with him anywhere in the community, especially when he would sit right outside of my office. We had some deep conversations about sports but he really LOVED the Hawks. Bill was a true inspiration to me and I want to thank the family for giving us the opportunity to get to know him. Bill was a Very Good man and he will truly be missed and I would like to offer my sincere condolences, God Bless you All.

    Darnell Jones

    Mallard Point

  5. Keri & Tristan Dee | Aug 15, 2018
    We're so sorry for your loss. He was a great man and will be missed!

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