He was born March 4, 1938 in Webb City, Mo., to Elvis Lee and Nellie Marie (Lewis) May. At an early age, he moved with his family to Parsons and attended Garfield Elementary School, East Junior High School, Parsons High School and Parsons Junior College, now Labette Community College.
He graduated from Kansas State Teachers College, now Pittsburg State University, where he received a bachelor of science and biology degree and teaching certificate in 1968 and a master of science degree in 1970.
He served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 10, 1961, until Sept. 10, 1965.
He worked as a biology teacher at Fort Scott High School and later at Western Insurance Co. in Fort Scott.
He was a member of Fort Scott Lodge AF & AM and the Consistory in Fort Scott.
Survivors are brothers James L. May of Altamont, Robert “Bob” May and Jerry May, both of Wichita; a niece; numerous nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Mary Lou May, on Feb. 22, 1997.
Mr. May’s wishes were to have no services. His cremains will be interred in the National Cemetery in Fort Scott.
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