Robert E. Day, 86, West Lafayette, passed away at 11:35 a.m., Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at his residence.

He was born Sept. 20, 1930 in Hamilton County to the late James S. and Bernice M. (Teter) Day.

After attending Westfield Schools, he went to Purdue University for a year before transferring to Ball State University where he received his bachelor and master's degrees. On June 24, 1949 he married Betty J. Gifford in Westfield. She survives.

Mr. Day started his career at Sheridan High School in 1952 as a teacher and football coach. In 1959 he moved to Highland High School and served as assistant principal and then principal until 1975. In 1975 he moved to Tippecanoe School Corporation where he served as principal at Harrison High School until his retirement in 1988. After retiring as principal he drove a school bus for Tippecanoe School Corporation. He also enjoyed his job as manager of the Wild Bird Shop in West Lafayette.

Mr. Day was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis Club, Griffith Masonic Lodge #735, South Bend Consistory, Scottish Rite; Orak Temple AAONMS, Hammond, served on the Board of the Mental Health Association of Lafayette, elected to two terms on the IHSAA board, chaired the state football playoff committee and proposed the plan originally adopted for the playoffs to the Athletic Council which passed 24-1. He was a "George Award" winner in 2004 for the Seeds of Hope Mental Health Day Shelter.

Survivors include his wife Betty of more than 67 years; their children, Larry (Martha) Day of Cave Creek, Ariz., Tom (Janet) Day and Jill (Rich) Cox, both of Lafayette; three brothers, Don (Mary Lou) Day of Westfield, Bill (Karen) Day of Noblesville and Dennis (Donna) Day of Jasper; five grandchildren, Bethany (Justin) Amundson, Nathan (Amaris) Day, Bailey Day, Michael (Kaeli) Day and Elizabeth (Sam) Wehrspann; and three great-grandchildren, Lola, Thalia and Lucia Day.

Funeral services took place on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in West Lafayette with the Rev. Dr. J. Phillip Klinger and the Rev. Craig LaSuer officiating. Entombment followed at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Foundation.