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William Day Sr.


William Day Sr.

October 16, 1932 - May 12, 2020

William "Bill" Day Sr., 87, of Nett Lake, MN. Passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 with his loving family by his side.

Bill was born on October 16, 1932 to John and Effie (Goodsky) Day in Cloquet MN. He grew up in Nett Lake and Sugar Bush area, he attended school in Nett Lake and Orr. Like many young men in those days and due to the recession, Bill left school early in order to help work and support his family. Always determined to make his own way, Bill was a self-employed logger for most of his life. He was an avid hunter and trapper and found these means as a way to help support his family. Bill enjoyed the outdoors and spent many days camping and living off the land.

In his younger days, Bill loved to play baseball and was a pitcher who was scouted by a professional ball team at one point. Bill loved cars and you could always find him under the hood in his spare time. He had a talent for wood working and made cedar paddles and knocking sticks for family or for sale. All his projects were made with pride and his children learned that "if you are going to do something, do it right". Bill loved his family and was a good provider. In his later years, his favorite past time was fishing and watching the Twins on TV or watching his grandchildren play league baseball.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents: John and Effie, his wife Twyla Drift Day, 5 children: Teresa Day Morrison, Bernard Day, Bill (Swish) Day, Connie and Belinda Day and siblings: Ruth Day Connor, Katherine Day Boshey, Vera Day, Margorie Day, Jane Villebrun, Clyde Day, Jones Day and Earl Day.

Bill is survived by his children: Doris (Pete) Isham, Marilyn (Terry LaDuke) LaRoque, Patsy (Jones) Adams, John Day, Bradley (Kim) Day, sister Celia Gonier, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a private family service at his home for immediate family members who reside in Nett Lake on Friday. Casket Bearers are: Tanner LaDuke, Darian Morrison, Tristan Day, Eric Murray, Gordy Adams III, and Angelo Kingbird. Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, please join us through live streaming that will be made available for the community and other family members who reside out of town. It is with regret that the COVID situation has impacted our lives and necessitated this change for your safety as well as ours. Thank you for understanding. Information on how to log on to the U-tube service will be posted on the Mlaker Funeral Web page on Thursday.


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