Michael James Day, 75, of Stone Lake and formerly of Columbia Heights, Minnesota, and West Covina, California, entered enteral life, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Abbott Northwestern Heart Institute in Minneapolis.
Michael was born on April 4, 1944, at Mare Island Naval Hospital in Vallejo, California. Michael graduated from El Monte High School in El Monte, California, then entered the United States Navy in 1962. Michael served during the Vietnam War in the Admiral’s Band, playing the clarinet and saxophone. Michael was honorably discharged in 1966. Michael was married to Sherry Dieter on July 9, 1965, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and after being discharged from the Navy Michael and Sherry moved to California and had four children.
Michael began his career at Ford Motor Company at the Pico Rivera, California, automobile assembly plant in 1966. After the closing of that plant, he transferred to the St. Paul plant in 1984. Michael retired from the Ford Motor Company after 37 years in 2003.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Austin P. Day (67), his mother, Evelyn Szeal Day (42), and a sister, Paula Day (28).
Michael is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sherry D. Day; his four children, Kathleen A. Hill, Michelle E. DeMitchell (Lee), Michael P. Day (Lisa) and John C. Day; his sister-in-law, Shelley D. Dieter; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Michael loved people and volunteered for the Stone Lake Meals on Wheels for the last 15 years. He was a member of the Lions Clubs serving the Stone Lake and Fridley, Minnesota, chapters for a total of 33 years. Michael always had a smile on his face, enjoyed meeting new people and talking with friends. His laughter and joyful personality will be sorely missed.
The family will host a celebration of life from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Stone Lake Lions Club in Stone Lake.
In lieu of flowers, Mike would love to have people make a donation to the Stone Lake Senior Center.