Robert Edgar May, age 88, of Three Rivers, passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at his home in Kalamazoo, MI. following a brief illness. He was born on January 20, 1922 in Three Rivers the son of Edgar F. and Annis (Miller) May.
Bob has been a lifetime resident of this area. He graduated from Three Rivers High School with the class of 1941. Bob entered the United States Navy in Oct. 1942 and served aboard the U.S.S. Mustin for 36 months during WWII. He was honorably discharged in Oct. 1945 as a SoM 2nd Class.
Bob retired from Armstrong Machine Works in Feb. of 1984 after 42 years of service as a machinist. He was a life member of the Three Rivers B.P.O.E #1248, Past Exalted Ruler, Past District Deputy and Board Member of which he served as chairman for many years. Bob also was active in Boy Scouts and served as Scoutmaster of the Methodist Church Group. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of which he also served as an elder and Youth Group Leader. He was a member of the American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170. Bob also enjoyed and was a very talented photographer in his spare time.
Mr. May was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Mrs. R.J. (Emma) Mino, one great-grandson, Caleb Campbell, and his loving wife, Dorothy (Abshire) May, whom he married on Sept. 13, 1943 in Three Rivers, and who passed on January 29, 2008. They enjoyed many years of camping, golfing, and traveling, especially to their retirement home in Mission, Texas.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, one daughter, Debra M. (Robert) Martin, of Mattawan, MI.; one son, Robert L. (Deb) May, of Hastings, MI.; grandchildren, Robert (Sandy) May, Kevin (Sarah) May, Amy May, Zachary (Carey) May, Lisa (Bill) Henschel, Emily (Craig) Campbell, Scott Martin; Thirteen great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter.
The family of Mr. Robert May will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers/Centreville with Rev. Randall Painter officiating.
Memorials may be donated to the First Presbyterian Church, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, or the Elks Crippled Childrens Fund. Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home.