Mike was one of two children born in Granite City, Illinois to the late Owen T. and Marie B. (Delmar) Day. He passed away on April 19, 2017 in Miller’s Merry Manor, Marion, Indiana.
Mike was a 1957 graduate of Granite City High School and later attended Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois. Mike and Liz met on the Golden Rod Show Boat in St. Louis and were married on June 9, 1962. Together, they had 54 wonderful years of marriage, three beautiful children and ten grandchildren.
Mike was a pioneer in radio broadcasting. He managed stations in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Richmond, Indiana and in 1981 he came to Marion to manage WMRI/WGOM. Mike retired as the President of BOMAR Broadcasting and was the Past President of the Indiana Broadcasters Association. Throughout his career in radio he made many lifetime friends.
In Mike’s free time, he could be found at Arbor Trace Golf Course where he made many pleasurable memories. Golf wasn’t just a hobby for him, but a way to relax and catch up with his friends and business acquaintances. He also enjoyed old movies and he was an avid reader of biographies and mystery novels. Mike was most happy while spending time with Liz and their family. Their holidays, travel time and special occasions were a complete joy to Mike. His love, kindness, charm and sense of humor will warm the memories for his family and his many friends.
Most of all, Mike will be remembered as a positive community champion. He loved Marion, Indiana. He promoted and worked tirelessly for many organizations to help propel the effort of making Marion a special place to live. As an active Marion advocate he was the Chairman of the board for the United Way of Grant County, Chairman of the board and Past President of the Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, he served two terms as President of the Marion Philharmonic, Past President of the Marion Easter Pageant, Past President and member of Marion Rotary Club, he was a devoted volunteer of CASA and he also volunteered for several hospice organizations. He was also a member of Meshingomesia Country Club and faithful member of St. Paul Catholic Church.
Mike is survived by his wife, Liz Day, Marion; children, Carrie M. (William) Norris, Toledo, Ohio; Paul M. (Kelly) Day, Evans, Georgia; Thomas J. “T.J.” (Catie) Day, Carmel; sister, Margaret E. Rice, Granite City, Illinois; 10 grandchildren, Ryan Wright, Sarah Wright, Meredith Day, Amy Wright, Megan Day, Megan Norris, Brennan Day, Erin Day, Rory Day and Nora Day; three great-grandchildren, Addison, Blakely and Christopher.
The funeral mass will be celebrated at noon on Friday, April 28, 2017 in St. Paul Catholic Church, 1031 West Kem Road, Marion with Rev. Richard Weisenberger officiating. A private committal service will be held immediately following the mass. Friends are welcome at 11am until mass begins to share condolences and memories with the family.
Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion,Indiana was entrusted with the arrangements.
A special thank you to the staff of Miller’s Merry Manor for going above and beyond with loving care for Mike. The kindness of the staff will always be appreciated.
Memorial contributions may be made to CASA of Grant County, 303 South Norton, Marion, Indiana 46952 (http://www.casaofgrantcounty.org/); United Way of Grant County, United Way of Grant County, 205 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana 46952 (http://www.casaofgrantcounty.org/) or St. Paul Catholic Church, 1031 West Kem Road, Marion, Indiana.