Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Stanley Nomer Day, a lifelong pilot and proud veteran of the United States Air Force, made his “final flight” when passing away in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 14, 2021.
An only child, Stan was born to Eno and Elizabeth (Granger) Day on March 25, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. He became fascinated with airplanes and anything to do with flying them at an early age, earning his pilot’s license before graduating high school in Port Huron, Mich. He immediately became a military man, joining the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aspiring pilot, at the end of World War II. Over the next 26 years, Stan flew numerous planes and jets, serving tours of duty around the globe while enduring the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In addition to combat missions, Stan also happily instructed and mentored younger pilots who were moving through the ranks, eventually to succeed him and others as they finished their careers.
Stan met his wife, Lieutenant Helen Joan Matthews, while both served at Williams Air Force Base in Chandler, Arizona. Joan, a registered nurse, and Stan were married on December 9, 1961 and had their first son, Dale A. Day, at WAFB a little more than a year later. While Stan served in Thailand in 1964, the couple’s only daughter, Judith L. Day, was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, Joan’s hometown. Their final child, son, Eric S. Day was born at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas in 1966.
After a final tour in Vietnam, Stan retired from the Air Force in 1970. While he continued to work for many years, no occupation could ever replace Stan’s love of flying and the Air Force. He would continue to fly recreationally well into his 70s.
While working as a fleet manager for a large food distribution company, Stan relocated his family to Norman, Oklahoma in 1980. All three of his children graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and the family has cheered and supported the Sooners throughout.
Stan spent great times with his family and many local friends, sporting events, traveling to visit extended family and attend reunions with Air Force pals over the years. He was also a 52-year member of the American Legion, Harold Kerr Post 173, in Bellefontaine. More often than not, the fun gatherings usually included some of his preferred “room temperature” beers and plenty of good food.
Joan preceded Stan in death, passing in 1996. Stan is survived by his children: Dale and wife Holly, and grandchildren Derek and Darby, of Oklahoma City; Judy, and grandson David Tromblay, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Eric of Fort Worth, Texas.
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