WALTER DAY, JR. was born to the union of Mary Wilson and Walter Day, Sr. on May 10, 1918, in Houston, Texas. Due to racism, violence and oppression in the South, his father migrated north to Chicago during the “Great Migration”. After his father obtained employment and housing he sent for Walter, his mother and sister. Walter was the eldest of two children (a girl and a boy). His wife Marie, mother Mary, father Walter, sister Leanna, and great-grandson, Justin preceded him in death.
In 1940 Walter Day, married Marie Lewis and to this union two daughters (Lorraine and Marie) and two sons (Walter Lee and Michael) were born. Walter’s father instilled in him a strong sense of family responsibility, work ethics, the importance of integrity and that family comes first. Walter graduated from Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago. He did not have the opportunity to pursue higher education himself, but he knew its value and ensured that his children received a solid foundation and understood the importance of higher education. He sent all four of his children to Catholic School from first grade through High School so that they might have that solid foundation. His wife Marie never worked outside of the home because he wanted his children to obtain and treat others with a high level of values (integrity, honesty etc.) to support a greater opportunity to succeed in life.
As he looked back at his children and their children he can smile as he sees doctor, health care professionals, nurse, nurse practioner, bank, vice president and entrepreneur. Walter was known to be a “Jack of All Trades” and could read blue prints, repair cars, do carpentry, minor electrical repairs and dwell in other types of work. He was employed in the stock yard, steel mill, and he retired from Reynolds Aluminum on the day he turned 65.
Walter loved to drive and travel, so, on Saturdays and Sundays, he would take the family on road trips through out Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. In addition he drove his children as far as California to go to Disney Land, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, New England and Canada. He loved to fly and has traveled as far as Hawaii, Trinidad and numerous Islands. He went to Atlanta and Maryland every year and stayed four weeks or more. He never passed up an opportunity to travel or visit outside of Chicago.
Walter leaves to cherish his memory daughters Lorraine (William) and Marie, sons, Walter Lee (Evelyn), and Michael (Gail); nine (9) grandchildren Danny, Darwin, Deirdra (Zachary), Dawn (Eric), Willgina, Lorinda, Theresa, Melissa (Jerry) and Zachary; ten (10) great grandchildren Brittany, Logan, Kendall, Gabrielle, Jerry III, Carson, Matthew, Jackson, Tyson and Dylan; nieces, nephews, cousins, adopted children and a host of other relatives and endearing friends.
Chicago, IL 60649
Chicago, IL 60649
Chicago, IL 60655