Bryce Alan Day, longtime Wellington, resident, died Friday, July 21, 2017 at the age of 63. Bryce was born the son of Stewart "Bob" and Elizabeth "Betty" (Mott) Day on Sunday, March 14, 1954 in Wellington.
He was a graduate of Wellington High School in the Class of 1972.
Following graduation, Bryce joined the US Navy and was stationed aboard the USS Denver off the coast of Vietnam.
His military service allowed him to spend two years and four months overseas. He was honorably discharged Aug. 22, 1975.
Bryce then moved back to Kansas, spent a few years traveling and later began college at Wichita State University.
While in college, Bryce took an evening position at Downing & Lahey Mortuary, decided to pursue a career in funeral service and transferred to the Kansas City Kansas School of Mortuary Science.
Upon graduating he returned to Downing & Lahey to finish his apprenticeship and then became manager of Davis Funeral Home in Jetmore, Kans., eventually purchasing the funeral home.
Wanting to come home, he purchased the Oliver Funeral Home in Wellington in 1982. Bryce later sold the funeral home to begin a nearly 20 year career with Batesville Casket Company.
He then returned to Wellington and in 1999 opened the newly built Day Funeral Home and retired in 2012 due to his failing health.
Bryce loved the community of Wellington and served it through various boards but was particularly proud of his time in Lions Club.
He has been a local member since 1979 holding many offices including Club President.
He was also involved with Lions on a state level as District Chair, District Governor and finally as Council Chairman for the State of Kansas.
During his retirement years, Bryce continued to serve his community by establishing the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation to support families in need of financial assistance for funeral services.
Although his health limited him at times, Bryce never lost his desire to serve and inspire others.
Survivors include his son, Chad Day (Chelsea White) of Halstead, Kan.; daughter Nicole Day (Garrett Calhoun) of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter, Krysten McGillis and her husband Jordan of Manhattan, Kan.; son, Michael Day and his wife Katie of Wichita; brother, Richard "Red" Day and his wife Geri of Ft. Worth, Texas; sister-in-law, Andrea Day of Wellington; grandchildren: Shaeley, Brittley and Aubrey Day, Jack and Emma McGillis and Benjamin Day, nieces and nephews: Missy Seratt and her husband Shane of Farwell, Texas, Judd Day and his wife Christina of Ft. Worth, Texas, Corlyn Cain and her husband Brian of Wichita, Craig Day and his wife Rhonda of Wellington, and their families; former wife, Sally Day of Wichita, and her daughter, Carrie Parmley and her husband Mike and their children: Cole, Carson, Campbell and Jillian of Wichita, and her son, Casey Barton and his wife Liz and their children, Mahlon and Elle Barton of Columbus, Ohio; former wife, Cathy Kitchen of Wichita, two aunts: Lois Drew of Vista, Calif. and Donna Etter of Wellington; a special cousin, Cyndi (Day) Mitchell of Blackwell, Okla., and many other cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nancy Jean Day and brother Gary Wayne Day.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 28, 2017 with the family present from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Funeral services for Bryce will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Wellington Free Will Baptist Church, 802 East 16th Street, Wellington.
Interment with Military Honors will follow at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.
Memorial contributions can be given to the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation. Contributions can be left at the funeral home or online at www.brycedaymemorialfoundation.com/donate.
To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.