January 01, 2011
Please pray for the family of Rev. Roger U. Day, retired pastor from the Troy Conference, who passed away this week. Rev. Day lived in New Hampshire in his retirement and attended Grace UMC in Keene, NH. Condolences can be sent to his wife, Mary Lou Day, at 5 Skyview Cir., Keene, NH 03431. Calling hours are Thursday, January 6 from 6 – 8 pm at: Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court St, Keene, NH The funeral is being hosted by Grace UMC of Keene, with services being held Friday, January 7, at 11 am at: First Baptist Church, 105 Maple Ave., Keene, NH The complete obituary: Day, Rev. Dr. Roger U. KEENE, N.H. Rev. Dr. Roger U. Day, 82, of Skyview Circle, Keene, died at the Dartmouth-Hitch-cock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. on Saturday, January 1, 2011 after a period of failing health. He was born in West Medford, Mass. on July 30, 1928, the son of Roland and Selma (Glidden) Day. He served as a staff sergeant with the US Army from 1952 until 1954. He attended schools in Delmar, N.Y. and graduated from Bethlehem Center High School in Delmar. He received a bachelor's of science degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and later received his master of divinity and doctor of ministry from Drew University Theological School in Madison, N.J. He was ordained a deacon in 1959 and an elder in 1960 in the United Methodist Church. In 1993, he retired as a member of the former Troy Conference, currently the Upper New York Conference, and made his home in Keene, N.H. Rev. Day served United Methodist Churches in the following locations: associate pastor at Pittsfield, Mass. United Methodist Church; pastor at West Sand Lake, N.Y. Salem United Methodist Church; Queensbury, N.Y. United Methodist Church; Memorial United Methodist Church, now the Hope United Methodist Church, Eagle Mills, N.Y.; and Trinity United Methodist Church, now Faith United Methodist Church in Schenectady, N.Y. While in New York he was active in the Kiwanis Clubs in Queensbury, West Sand Lake, Troy and Schenectady and was president of the Queensbury, Troy and Schenectady Kiwanis Clubs. He was a lifetime member of the Drew Theological Alumni Association and was a past president. He was a former member of the Board of Trustees, Board of Ordained Ministry Personnel Committee, the Church Publishing Interests, and appointed president of the Saratoga Retirement Center during its planning and construction. While in Keene, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Keene, NH AARP, a member and past service officer at Gordon-Bissell Post 4 American Legion, and active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Keene. Rev. Day was a past member of the Pastoral Care Ministry and past chairman of the New Hope Committee. He was a volunteer at the Chesterfield Gorge, the Horatio Colony House, the Thorne Sagendorph Art Gallery, and American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services. He was a member of The Kiwanis Club of Keene, the Cheshire County Republican Committee, and an elected delegate to the State Republican Committee. He was past president of the Stone House Commons Condo Board and former member of Meadowview Knolls Association. Survivors include his wife Mary Lou Day of Keene; daughter, Cathleen Traphagen and husband Shane Doyle, of Hills-borough, N.J.; son, Jereme Day and wife Liza Day of Worms, Germany; grandsons, Pvt. Joshua Day, San Antonio, Texas and Jonathon Day, Mesa, Ariz.; brother, John Day and wife Susan Day, Ossipee, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held in the First Baptist Church of Keene, 105 Maple Avenue, Keene on Friday, January 7 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Lawrence Curtis, retired minister of the United Methodist Church Conference in Troy, N.Y. will officiate. He will be assisted by the Rev. Shinhyung Ahn, pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church in Keene. Burial will follow in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Avenue, Keene. Family and friends are invited to call at the Foley Funeral Home, (www.foleyfuneral home.com) 49 Court Street, Keene on Thursday, January 6, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The family suggest that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rev. Day's name to the Grace United Methodist Church, c/o Rev. Shinhyung Ahn, 17 Greenbrier Rd., Keene, N.H. or to The Kiwanis Club of Keene, N.H. c/o Judy Kalick, 63 Emerald St., PMB 451, Keene, NH 03431.