William Day

William H. Day, 90, of East Peoria, formerly of Morton, died at 4:16 a.m. Sunday, May 13, 2001, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

He was born Jan. 6, 1911, in Sibley, the son of Rev. William H. and Maud McCune Day. He married Nelda V. Merrill on Jan. 1, 1932, in Webster Grove, Mo. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Judith Ginn of Peoria; one granddaughter, Angela (and Chris) Villhauer of Iowa City; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ellen Eagle of Penny Farms, Fla.

He was preceded in death by one son, Charles "Chuck" Day in 1960.

A 1934 cum laude graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, he majored in chemistry.

An employee of Hiram Walker and Sons in Peoria for 42 years, he began in the technical division and later was a supervisor in production service and chemical/bacteriological labs and retired as vice president and general production manager of U.S. operations in 1976.

A member of the American Chemical Society for more than 60 years, he presented several technical papers and was a member of the Associated Cooperage Industries of America and various technical societies.

A past chairman of the state and local taxation committee of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, he also was a past president of the Central Illinois Industrial Association.

He served on the Morton Village Board from 1952 to 1956; Morton Township High School Board from 1957 to 1960; and also served on the boards of the Peoria Chamber of Commerce and the United Way.

He was a member of Peoria Lodge 20 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

He was a member of the Morton United Methodist Church in Morton, where services were held at 10:30 a.m. today with Rev. David J. Babb officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memory Gardens. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial and Tributes Program, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, IL 60678-3968, or the American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614-7435.

From the Peoria Journal Star.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/16/2001

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