Weldon Oran Day
maternal great-grandparents, James Thomas Sims and Molly Wade Keeton Sims, came
from Llano, TX and began ranching near
paternal great-grandparents, Rufus M. Day and Louisa Eliza Jane Daugherty Day,
While growing up in Ozona, Weldon had a lot of friends, including his three cousins, Jean Ann, Carol Lee and Betty Lou Baker. He enjoyed spelunking with his high school buddies and going fishing with his granddad, Otis Sims and his cousin, Clay Adams. At 14 he developed an interest in ham radios which continued throughout his life. As an adult he attained from the FCC the highest license level possible for Amateur Radio Operator of which he was extremely proud. He was a member of various amateur radio clubs including the Port Lavaca Amateur Radio Club. His call sign number was KC5KQN.
graduated in the Class of 1960 from
the Navy, Weldon attended
enjoyed sailing on his 37 foot sailboat, kayaking, and scuba diving all in lake
and open water, flying glider planes, archery, freelance photography, and
always enjoyed reminiscing and telling a good tale. The last several years, using his ham radio,
he was a spotter at Sea Drift for the 260 mile Texas Safari Canoe Race held
each June. He also enjoyed working on family
genealogy with his nephew, Clay Hooper.
Together they transcribed the 1880 through 1930 Federal Census records
the last two years he courageously fought malignant melanoma, returning to the
hill country of
Weldon is survived by his sister, Beverley Hooper of Tulsa, OK; nephew, Clay Hooper of San Francisco, CA; three nieces and their husbands: Leslie and Dan Wright of Tulsa, OK, Terri and Brian Lowther of Alexander, AR, Sydney and Jim Aldag of Tulsa, OK; three grand-nieces: Sara and Amanda Brown, Jenny Aldag; two grand-nephews: Luke and Max Aldag; great-grandniece, K’Leigh Barrett; great-grandnephew, Aiden Barrett all of Tulsa, OK; first cousins and their families: Jean and Ollie Sudduth of Bluffton, TX, Carol and Kirby Bryant of Denham Springs, LA, Lou and Bob Bixby of Acworth, GA; Mary Lou and Chris Holley of Burleson, TX, Ronnie and Brenda West, Gerald and Diane West of Ft.Worth, TX, Linda Hunter of Weatherford, TX, Larry and Grace Day, Sandra and Larry Fenn of Ft. Worth, TX, Denise and Gayle Lacy of Haslet, TX, Angela and Cliff Larison of Ft.Worth, TX; Bonus/Step family: sister, Lucille Cribbet of Scottsdale, AZ, nieces and their families: Mary Ferrill of Oakdale, CA, Emilie and Milt Krieger of Hobart, OK, Irene and Ken Edward of Carmel, CA, nephew, Steve Cribbet of Scottsdale, AZ; and numerous friends and e-mail buddies.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hope Harbor Children’s Home, Claremore, OK, Medina Children’s Home, Medina, TX, or Cherokee Children’s Home, Cherokee, TX.
Submitted by Clay