Rodney A. Day BENNINGTON — Rodney A. Day, 49, of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, after a long battle with ALS. Born in Berlin, Vermont, on Dec. 8, 1969, he was the son of Roger Day, and Norton and the late Julie Austin. Rodney attended Worcester Elementary School and was a graduate of Spaulding High School, Class of 1987. After his schooling, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving his country proudly from 1987 to 1995. He was very proud to have been a guard for Air Force One. He was stationed in England, Texas and Honduras. Rodney later was employed at IBM (Global Foundries) for 23 years, retiring due to illness. He was married to Maureen Brown; they later divorced. Rodney enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, kayaking, woodworking and spending precious time with his family and friends. Survivors include his children Shannon Day, of Essex, Regan Day, currently stationed in Guam, and Kilian Day, of Essex. He is also survived by one brother, Christopher Day and companion Lee Gable, of Barre Town; Norton Austin, of St. Johnsbury; two sisters Georgia Greenwood and husband Garth, of St. Johnsbury, Tami Stahler and husband Dwight, of Lyndonville; and his high school sweetheart, Lorie Whittemore, of Barre Town, who spent many precious days with him during his illness watching movies, sitting in the sunshine, looking at his vast photography collection and bringing a smile to his face during some long, difficult days. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his mother, Julie Austin. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. His family would like to take this time to thank the special care providers that took special care of him during his stay at the Veteran’s Home. A funeral service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Chapel in Randolph Center. Family and friends may call at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m. Extra parking is available in St. Monica Parking Lot. Contributions, in Rodney’s memory, may be made to the Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North St., Bennington, VT 05201. Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at: www.pruneaupollifuneralhome.com.