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Stephen Day

October 21, 1942 — July 3, 2022


Stephen Day

MORTON – Steve Day, 79, of Watseka and formerly of Morton, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2022.

He was born on October 21, 1942, in Peoria, Ill. to Sherwood and Sheila (Stone) Day. He married Sharon Abernathy, in Washington, Ill., on December 27, 1968.   She preceded him in death on October 9, 1992, as did one grandson, Ian Day, on February 11, 2015.

Surviving are three sons, David (Susan), Brett (Kim), and Jeff (Ellen) and 8 grandchildren – Gage, Jack, Madison, Kaitlin, Lauren, Samantha, Kristin and Bridger.

Whether it was lacrosse, basketball, wrestling, soccer, track, cheerleading or recitals – he made every event when able to.  Steve is also survived by Wendy Litterst, his committed life partner.

Steve graduated from Bradley University, where he played basketball and was a member of the 1964 NIT Championship Team, in 1965.  He also was in the Navy (Civil Engineer Corp.) from 1966-1970.  Before retirement, Steve last worked as a computer supplies salesman for 13 years.  He spent many years coaching and serving on boards of local youth sports programs and even refereed a wrestling match or two before realizing life in the stands was less stressful and more enjoyable.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.

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