Soldotna resident Ben Joe Day, 79, died Thursday, June 24, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.
Memorial services will be held in October at Red Ridge United Methodist Church in Dadeville, Ala. The Rev. John Mann will officiate.
Mr. Day was born Jan. 17, 1931, in Elk City, Okla. He received his bachelors of science degree from the University of Southern California. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1948 at age 17, serving in the Korean War and was discharged in 1952. He worked for Chemetron/Liquid Air Corporation from 1957 until retiring in 1996. He moved to Soldotna in 1995.
Mr. Day was a member of the Red Ridge United Methodist Church in Dadeville. He was also involved with Chosen Few Veterans and American Legion.
"Ben enjoyed fishing and boating on the Kenai River and Lake Martin in Alabama, Korean War History, USC football and black labs. Ben was a dedicated husband, father, Papa and friend. His happiest days were those spent taking friends and family fishing or showing off Alaska to visitors," his family said. "He was known as chief prankster of Delta Sigma Phi at USC, where he met his future wife, Tamara. They were voted "Least Likely to stay Together" in college and ended up happily married for 53 years. His job in Industrial Gas Sales took the family across the U.S., northern and southern California, Illinois, St. Louis, Mo., Denver, Colo., Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Ga. He will be sorely missed by his close knit family and well as best friends, Dennis Boyd and Bob Campbell-Taylor."
Mr. Day was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby Nicholson and Joe Day.
He is survived by his wife, Tamara Day of Soldotna; son and daughter-in-law, Marty and Susan Day of Soldotna; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy Day and Paul Sawicki of Anchorage; grandchildren, Kali and Kyle Day of Soldotna and Trevor and Alex J. "A.J." Sawicki of Anchorage.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Red Ridge United Methodist Church in Dadeville.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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