Irvin D. May, age 84, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
Funeral services are 2:00 PM, on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 of Yankton and SDARNG Honor Guard of Sioux Falls. Visitation begins one hour prior to the funeral at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home.
Irvin Dale May was born July 28, 1929 in Verdel, Nebraska to Walter and Hannah (Hagen) May. He attended country school at District 109 in Knox County and then graduated from Niobrara High School in 1946. Following school, Irvin helped farm with his relatives in Knox County, worked on the railroad in Columbus, NE and then the coal mines in Wyoming. For one season, he also followed and helped with the wheat harvest. In 1951, Irvin joined the United States Navy and served four years aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Essex. Many great memories and lifelong friends were made during this time. On August 10, 1953, Irvin married Phyllis Sawyer at Bremerton, WA. As a result of his training in the Navy, Irvin was employed at Agnew State Hospital in San Jose, California. He retired in 1982 as the Chief of Plant Operations after 30 years of service. Irvin and Phyllis then moved to Yankton where they enjoyed their retirement years together. Irvin's hobbies were many and varied greatly. He loved woodworking which included making many different kinds of clocks. He also loved gardening and working with the flowers, vegetables and lawn. Irvin enjoyed fishing, quilting, spending time with his friends and neighbors, keeping in touch with his Navy buddies and following his favorite football team, the San Francisco 49ers.
Thankful for having shared in his life are his wife, Phyllis May of Yankton; two children, Charlene (Bruce) Saunders of Bakersfield, CA and Chris (Ellen) May of Grand Island, NE; six grandchildren: Julia and Michelle Saunders, Kimberly (Steve) deJong, Andrew, Andrea and Nicholas May; five great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Irvin was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Amanda May; and two brothers, Glen and Ronald May.
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Chris, Ellen & Family,
You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Dad. May God bless you with the strength to deal with the grief.
Dave & Kate Marron
Mr. and Mrs. May and Family
Our thoughts are prayers are with you and your family during this time. May God wrap His arms around you and give you comfort.
Trent, Jessica, William, and Kaja Brondel
Chris, Ellen, & Family,
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Although we did not know your dad, Chris, we know he was quite a man, to have raised you to be such a kind and loving dad, teacher, husband, and friend to many. God's blessing to you all, and to your family, Chris, as you travel through this road of memories in the next few days.
Jeff & Janet Dobbins & family
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