Valley Hills Funeral Home
Ray E Day was born May 25, 1930, in Axtell, Kansas, in a log cabin. He passed away November 1, 2019, at home in the Wenas Valley 6 months and 24 days before the completion of his 90th year, and 13 days before his and Tola’s 66th wedding anniversary.
Ray graduated from Yakima High in 1949 and attended Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland for one year. He met Tola Harris in June 1952 and they married November 14, 1953. They made their home in the Lower Ahtanum area before moving to the Wenas in 1976.
He was a man of many trades; open-land farmer, rancher (raising cattle, chickens, pigs, registered paint and quarter horses), an A.I. technician in the cattle industry, welder, mechanic, volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician, and elected Selah fire commissioner, both president and water master for the Wenas Irrigation District, and a licensed well driller. He was an architect and hands-on builder from the ground up. He was a fearless youth leader with an open home for all. He was a Sunday School teacher and was instrumental in the building of Ahtanum Pioneer Church. Ray was a sewer of buttons, mender of torn sleeves, wiper of tears, and baker of pies. He was an extreme maker and eater of ice cream… right up to his death. He was a spellbinding storyteller and historian… he will be missed.
Ray is survived by his wife Tola, his son Jim Day, his daughters: Kindra (Sam), Patti (Johnny) Clark, and Janiece (Rich) Bates; grandchildren: Jamin and Emily, Logan and Peyton Clark, Claire and Aaron Bates, and granddaughter-of-the-heart, Melissa Cox; sister-in-law Joyce Day, and numerous nieces and nephews whom he held close to his heart.
He is preceded in death by his parents James and Rose Day, brothers Robert (Doris) Day, Delmar Day and Donald (Rosalyn) Day and his sister Betty (Joe) Richartz (Lyle) Woodworth; and a nephew, David Day.
The family would like to thank Joann and Jan from Yakima Memorial’s Hospice for their care and tenderness toward him. Their care meant so much to us.
His Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am on November 16, 2019, at Wiley Union Church, 2711 S. Wiley Rd., Yakima. There will be a dinner following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or Seattle Children’s Hospital. Please visit www.Valleyhillsfh.com to share a memory or condolence with the family.