Col. George E. “Bud” Day, Sr.

Col. George E. "Bud" Day Sr., U.S. Air Force (Ret.), resident of Shalimar, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on July 27, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on Feb. 24, 1925.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; children, Capt. Steve Day, Lt. Col. George Day Jr., U.S. Air Force (Ret.) (Maryann), Sandra Hearn (Darren), and Sonja LaJeunesse (Kent); and his 14 grandchildren.

Bud was married to his hometown sweetheart, the "love of his life," for 64 years; served his nation for nearly 35 years; and fought in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He survived as a POW in North Vietnam for 5 1/2 years. He was the Air Force's most highly decorated living American serviceman, including the Congressional Medal of Honor as well as South Vietnam's highest military honor. He was instrumental in securing "Tricare for Life" for our military veterans.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. A time of visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Internment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola Naval Air Station at 3 p.m. the same day.

The family would like to give special thanks to the medical staff at Eglin Air Force Base and Emerald Coast Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Shalimar, Fla., Wounded Warrior Project or the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.