Greg Dayley

Greg Keith Dayley

Tuesday, June 14th, 1977 - Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
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On June 3, 2020, our much loved husband, father, son, brother & friend passed unexpectedly into eternity. Greg Keith Dayley was born June 14, 1977, in Ephrata, Washington, to Robert F. Dayley Sr., and Sharon Williams Dayley. He was raised in Quincy, had a brief stint in Utah, spent 10 years in Moses Lake, and eventually settled in Richland, where he lived at the time of his passing.

Greg had many fond memories of his early years growing up in the George/Quincy area. He often shared stories about life with his parents and siblings and had a great love for where he came from. He talked of friends he made as far back as George Elementary and through high school. He and often grinned and sometimes shook his head at all the antics that he put his parents (and siblings) through during that rebellious teenage streak. At around 16, in his search for independence, he went to work on the farms. It taught him valuable lessons and hard work. He carried an appreciation for those experiences with him the rest of his life. He was especially grateful for the time that it gave him working with his dad over the years.

Greg met the love of his life, his cherished wife, Nedda-Jean Kimble, in Quincy in 1998. He was a smart man and knew right away that he’d never find a better woman to spend his life with. They were married on May 26, 2001 and recently celebrated their 19-year wedding anniversary. They spent the first years of their married life in Moses Lake and welcomed their son, Hunter Remington, on January 8, 2004.

During his time in Moses Lake, Greg was a volunteer for the Grant County Search and Rescue team. He worked for Coca-Cola, Odom, and Genie. He was blessed with the gift of friendship and made many lifelong friends during his time there.

After finishing his degree in Information Technology, Greg and his family moved to Richland, where he began his IT career at the Pacific Northwest National Lab, starting as an IT Tech, moving to System Administrator, and eventually became the Lead IT Engineer for the Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center. He took pride in his work and was continuously pushing himself towards higher education. He made many lifelong friends in Richland, who will truly miss his smile, laugh, and good-natured ways. Many loving and kind tributes to Greg have been posted by his friends and co-workers. Proof of so many lives he touched and made better.

He will be missed the most by his cherished wife, Nedda (always and forever) and his son, Hunter, whom he loved with all his heart. Greg and Nedda never took for granted the love they had for each other, the family they made, or the life they had built together. Though their dreams for the future were cut short, Nedda knows she will once again find herself in his loving arms one day.

Greg’s family was his life and he took pride in being Hunter’s Dad. His love for his son knew no bounds. The two shared many of the same traits, including a great sense of humor and an interest in electronics and games. Greg and Hunter bonded over games of all kinds. Spending time together and playing with his dad is just one of the things Hunter will miss most. Greg showed his love for his family daily, in all of the big and little ways he cared and provided for them, and continues to watch over them now.

While in Richland, Greg did everything he could to help raise awareness and funding for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in honor of his son’s fight. He would have done anything to give Hunter a cure. He had so much hope for the future after Hunter started gene therapy this year. We are grateful he got too see Hunter so healthy before he passed.

Greg had many passions in life and always lived to the fullest. He was a true adventurer. Just a few of his favorite interests were sky-diving, rock climbing, geocaching, scuba diving, playing guitar, all kinds of music (especially the blues), brewing his own special craft beers, all-things computers, gaming, New Brew Thursdays and after work drinks with his friends, cycling, triathlons, working on cars, remodeling his home, family vacations at the beach, the CF Cycle, Star Wars, his Irish heritage, and of course, Mariners baseball. He was gifted with many talents and shared them generously with those around him. Just one example is how often he came to his family and friends’ aid to fix, build, and explain computers.

Greg had a kind heart. He may have even forgiven his siblings for the “cap gun incident” but he never once let them live it down. On one birthday when Greg was a little boy, he received a cap gun and lots of rolls of caps to use in it. At some point in the day he came outside to the sound of popping and found his brothers and sister all gathered around happily using rocks to hit the caps to make them pop. There weren’t many left by the time this shameful horror was discovered
Greg wasn’t always the innocent party though. Nobody let him forget the time he found a hammer and nail and used it on the air-conditioning unit. He said the nail just fit so nicely. But when that hammer came down, the nail hit a Freon tube. It started “hissing” loudly as the Freon leaked out, so he jumped on the unit and sat on the leak. Gratefully, his mom heard the commotion and rescued him. The AC unit however, was a complete loss. Oh how he treasured the Dayley family stories, reminiscing and sharing in good fun year after year.

Greg had a wonderful sense of humor and was quick to laugh. He was upbeat, generous, and always tried to keep a positive outlook. He was the kind of person who woke up early with a list of things he wanted to get done, putting 200% into everything he did. He was quick to see the good in others and accepted people as they were. He was everybody’s friend. And though, he appeared to be an outgoing extrovert, always ready for life discussions and friendly banter, Greg was very much an introspective person. He loved his quiet moments by himself and with his family. He was a smart man, a thinker, and a tinkerer, who could always figure out how to fix any problem he came across. He had a strong moral compass and was a down to earth genuinely good person.

Greg is survived by his wife Nedda-Jean, son Hunter, father Robert, siblings Robert (Devyn), David (Marci), Eric (Ronica), Rebecca, Tom (Maggie), and Alex. His loving family through marriage, Mom, Jo-Anne Mansfield, Dad, Wally Kimble (Joyce) and siblings, Eli, Allison (Sheldon), Tercel, and Olivia. Nieces and nephews, Bobby, Caleb, Mathew, TJ (Alisha), Jaymee, Lyrik, Rebel, Nick (Hailey), Felicity, Lenny, Stephanie, Mieka, Ekho, Brett, Jenna, Paige, Devyn, Mason, Ethan-Dyami, Charlie-Mac, Felix and Maliya-Ann. Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. And, those he called friend. He was preceded in death by his Mom, Sharon. Though we know he would have never chosen to leave this world or his family so soon, we can take some comfort that he is finally able to give his mom that hug he’s been missing all these years.

Greg was born on Flag Day. Every year we reminded him that all the flags were really put up in his honor. Please, honor Greg if you are able, by putting up a flag in his memory this June 14th. Rest easy Greg. Words cannot express how much you will be missed by all of those you touched in your short time with us. We are all the better for having known you and we will do our best to live our lives as passionately as you have -until we see you again.

“It’s not always about the destination, most times the journey is just as important!”- Greg K. Dayley
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Service Details

  • Celebration of Life (Greg's Birthday)

    Sunday, June 14th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, June 14th, 2020 1:00pm
    Ashby Farm
    14245 Road 4 NW
    Quincy, Washington 98848
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    Family & friends welcome, Outdoors - food, cake, sharing stories
  • Interment

    Friday, June 12th, 2020 |
    Friday, June 12th, 2020
    Quincy Valley Cemetery
    625 F Street SW
    QUINCY, WA 98848
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    Private Family Graveside Services Were Held


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Matt Engels

Posted at 12:54pm
Greg, you will be sorely missed.
Greg was my first friend at PNNL since the start and remained a good friend in the years since. Whether I genuinely needed something from him or just needed to get away from it all for a few minutes and chat, he was always there and never in a hurry to get rid of anyone. Some of my best memories at the lab involve Greg in some manner. I did not see him every day, but every day that I did was made noticeably better for it. I have never met anyone who did not like Greg. He was everyone’s friend, making this loss even more profound and deeply impactful. His absence will be felt and seen by everyone he worked with.
Outside of work, I spent a lot of time cycling with Greg over the years. When Greg was ready to ride his first century (100 miles), he asked me to go with him. We spent a lot of time repairing flats but we did eventually make it and went on many more long rides together.
On another occasion, Greg found out that his hometown of Quincy was putting on its first Grant County Century ride and he was excited about that! Both of us went to participate in the hot desert heat amongst just a few other riders. He had a lot of fun telling me about all the places we rode by and I loved listening to it.
Similarly, we went on a few CF charity rides together, an unforgettable century in the mountains around Leavenworth, and one long 140 mile ride in Franklin County. We shared many interests. Greg’s always upbeat attitude (“It’s all good!”) inspired me to do better myself.
Thank you, Greg. I will miss you dearly.

Nedda Dayley Posted at 02:33am

Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories and for being his "brother from another mother". - Nedda

Carol Williams

Posted at 09:22am
We love you and hope this tree planted in Greg's honor will help ease pain. He was always doing something to better the world. Love you Aunt Carol
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Nedda Dayley Posted at 02:34am

Thank you Aunt Carol - this is very sweet

Bob Stelmack

Posted at 11:08am
I'm going yo miss my guitar buddy. Here is a song he wrote and performed (Road Blues):

Nedda Dayley Posted at 02:34am

Thank you Bob - I'm glad he had guitar buddy so close to home

Siddharth Sridhar

Posted at 12:31am
I want to write these down so I have a written record to always look back on, and don’t let my thoughts and memories of Greg fade over time. He was one of a kind and I want to remember him for as long as I can.

Greg was my first friend at PNNL. I started in 2014, came in fresh out of graduate school. Our group was in the Math building then. Though Greg’s office was situated right across my cubicle, he sat behind a door that required prox access. So, the occupants of the room continued to be a mystery to me, until one day when we were introduced by a colleague for some project-related work. This was the start of my friendship with Greg.

Greg’s warm and welcoming personality meant I found myself knocking on his door very often for more than just project-related work. With his trademark style and energy, he would always greet me with “oh, this guy again!”, or “what do you want this time?!” or when I ask him for computer help, he would more often than not respond with a “you’re killin’ me, Sid”. In my first few months at PNNL, I was not in the best mental space. The conversations with Greg were a welcome distraction and his positivity always rubbed off on me. Over time, I learnt about challenges he was facing on the personal front. I was amazed at his positive outlook on life despite these trying circumstances. My admiration for him grew further. I also got to know about how Greg cared for his son, Hunter. His commitment and diligence as a dad remains an inspiration. On occasions when I’ve felt lazy to engage my daughter, this knowledge has served as a nudge to get off my backside.

Greg introduced me to biking. He showed me there isn’t a thing as bad biking weather, but only bad gear. He taught me how to change a flat, what I need to carry on a ride, introduced me to great trails around the tri-cities, and an active lifestyle that has had many positive impacts on my life. In turn, I have tried to pass these learnings on to friends and family. So, Greg’s positive influence certainly has and will continue to spread and impact people outside his sphere of influence. I am sure he has had a positive impact on anyone who has had the good fortune to get to know him. Although painfully short, I consider this as an example of a life well-lived.

I will miss riding with Greg on the annual ride for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I have many fond memories from our post-ride conversations. One distinct memory is from 2017 when we decided to cut short our ride from 65 to 45 miles, in a bid to get to the post-ride beer quickly. I remember the beer being great, particularly when it was paired with Bob Marley blaring in the speakers. But, what made the day truly memorable was Greg’s company and the conversations after the ride.

I would like to close with one other memory. In my first couple of months in Richland, Greg took me on a bike ride to show me some of the trails around the Columbia river. It was an extremely windy day and I was completely under-prepared for the ride, both in terms of warm clothing and food. Half way through the ride, when he realized I was struggling, without hesitation, Greg gave me his jacket and food. That was just the kind of guys he was. I will miss him dearly.


Michelle Logsdon Hyatt Posted at 03:31pm

Thank you for sharing this Sid!

Nedda Dayley Posted at 02:42am

Thank you for writing this out Sid - he thought you were pretty great person and I know he valued your friendship.


Posted at 09:16pm
I worked with Greg when I was at PNNL. His can-do attitude, overall positive outlook on life and his dedication to finding a cure for CF were all inspirations to me. Please accept my condolonces. Bora Akyol

Nedda Dayley Posted at 02:51am

Thank you for sharing these thoughtful words Bora.

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