Lt. Col. Arthur W. Day, USAF, Ret.

November 26, 1922February 2, 2013

Lt. Col. Arthur W. Day, USAF, Ret., November 26, 1922 – February 2, 2013

Lt. Colonel Arthur W. Day was an Air Force officer with 32 years of military service. During WWII he flew the P-47 Thunderbolt in ground attack through France and Germany. During the period of the Korean conflict he flew the P-51 Mustang and the F-86 F Saber. In 1966, he took his squadron of F-100s from Louisiana to Vietnam completing 187 Combat missions. He retired in 1975 and was hired as General Manager of the Quality Assembly Co. in Austin. Later he helped found the Emerald Air Cargo Line as VP for Flight Operations here in Austin. A graduate of Indiana University with post studies at NYU, USC and Air Command and Staff College, Art lived as a youth in Fort Wayne Indiana until he enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942.

His military decorations include: Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal (15 oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal as well as many others.

He was preceded in death by his son, Derrick (Dale) Day of Palos Verdes Estates, CA.

He was a member of Air Force Association, Retired Officers Association, Order of Daedalians (A National Fraternity of Military Pilots), F-86 Sabre Pilots Association, Acacia Fraternity, Post 76 American Legion, Austin Founder Lions, and a Master Mason. Some of his community service included Troop Scout Master in Austin, President of the PTA in Goldsboro NC and Cub Scout chairman. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Jane; three children, Dan (Kim), of Austin; Holly Chapman (Don) of Leesburg, VA; Susan of Houston; and four grandsons Dylan Day, Matthew Chapman, Christopher Chapman, Duncan Day and one granddaughter Madison Day.

A graveside service with Full Military Honors will be held at nine o’clock in the morning on Saturday, the 9th of February 2013, at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Saturday, the 9th of February, in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas.

His wife and children wish this number one husband, father and fighter pilot Gods Speed.

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Jerry Key

April 2, 2013

From one F-100 pilot to easy my friend. We all are gone much too soon. Thanks for serving our country.

Cheryl & Nathan Waters

February 11, 2013

Holly and Family:

Wishing your family peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories of your Dad to forever hold in your hearts.

Praying for your Mom's speedy return to health as well.

Anne & Bobby Cain

February 11, 2013

We recently learned of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are are with your family during this time.

Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret)

February 9, 2013

Thank you, Art, for your service to our country.

Rob and Maureen O'Sullivan

February 9, 2013

Holly, Don, Matt, Chris and the entire Day family,

We send our deepest sympathy in this time of sadness. Thinking of all of you and sending prayers for Mrs Day's health.

Angela Franklin

February 9, 2013

Dear Mrs Day, Dan, Holly, and Suzy, my heart is heavy for you at the loss of your dear husband and father. I have the fondest memories of your whole family, which was shaped and led so wonderfully by Art. He was truly a role model for all of us in life, marriage, and parenting. I feel blessed to have known him. Mark and I celebrate his life and rest assured in our eternal reunion.

Diana and Jeff Vincent

February 8, 2013

Holly/Don,Our family sends sincere comfort, love and sympathy during this difficult time - celebrate your father's glorious life and the special memories you share .We are praying for your mother as well.May the God of love and peace set your hearts at rest.

Michael Swillo

February 8, 2013

Susan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your dad was a hero and part of Americas "Greatest Generation". There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of my Dad. Treasure your memories, remember those special times you enjoyed with him, and thank God you had a Dad who demonstrated character, courage and love for all those who were fortunate to have known him. God bless.

February 7, 2013

Dear Jane--What a great guy you've lost. You all were always the most compatable couple I've ever known. Please call me if there is anything you need. Love you so much. Tim and Sue Hill

February 7, 2013

Dear Holly & Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I will always remember your Mom and Dad and how wecoming they were to all of us. I loved spending time at the Day's. Please tell your Mom that I send my love. Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Cindy