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Ottis Lee Day

June 16, 1952 ~ March 18, 2020 (age 67)


Ottis Lee Day, 67, of Philippi-formerly Knoxville and Clinton, IA- passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Louis A Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital after a prolonged illness. He was born on June 16, 1952 in Clarksburg to the late Nina Mae Sigley Day Westmoreland and stepfather Thomas Westmoreland and father George Day.

Ottis was married on October 2, 1999 to the late Delores E Caldwell VanGundy, whom preceded him in death on November 18, 2015. He served in the US Navy and then worked factory jobs for several years in the Clinton, IA area. Ottis later worked for 15 years for the US Federal Government at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, IA until poor health forced his retirement. He was very artistic and loved to create things with his hands. Most of his close relatives and friends own custom pieces of his work. Ottis loved to fish with his wife and go mushrooming in the spring time. He also enjoyed working in his flower garden, as well as canning and freezing items he grew out of his vegetable garden. He often gave away most of his garden items to friends and family. Ottis also enjoyed cooking and prepared dishes that could compete with the best chefs.

Otis is survived by one sister, Linda Sue Day, Philippi-formerly of FL; two brothers, Howard (Becky) Day, TN, and Franklin (Jeannie) Day, Philippi; several nieces and nephews; and his special feline companion, Suzie.

In addition to his parents and wife, Ottis was preceded in death by one sister, Vieva Day Maxwell; and grandparents Ottis and Neta Sigley, Bridgeport.

Ottis’ request for cremation will be honored. Along with the ashes of his wife, he will be inurned beside his mother at Trinity Church Cemetery on Brushy Fork Rd, Bridgeport.

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