William May

March 20, 1945 - December 2, 2021
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William “Bill” Dean May, Sr (76) went to be with our Lord on December 2, 2021 surrounded with loved ones at St. Joseph Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Bill was born in Mexico, Missouri on March 20, 1945. Bill volunteered and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1962 and served one tour in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1966.

Bill later graduated the Belleville Barber College. He met and married Judith “Judy” May (Davinroy) (deceased) on April 19, 1964 and relocated to Herrin, Illinois, where he worked and owned the Handi-Klipper Barber Shop. Bill and Judy went on to start a family with a daughter, Tynette Jansen (May) and a son, William “Billy” Dean May, Jr. Bill was instrumental in establishing the Marine Corps League in Southern Illinois. He was also actively involved with HerrinFesta. Bill was a member the VFW and American Legion.

After retirement, Bill moved to Arizona where he met and married Linda Ann McLaughlin (Stoltenberg) on January 14, 2017. They resided in Marana, Arizona. Bill enjoyed traveling with Linda across the country to visit grandchildren and family, as well as across the world.

He is survived by: wife –  Linda May of Marana, AZ; Children – Tynette and Jeff Jansen of Herrin, Il; Billy and Samantha (Sami) May of Saint Hedwig, TX; Grandchildren – Tayler (Williams) and Pete Moniz of East Providence, RI; Jennifer (Jansen) and Mitchell Sanders of Murphysboro, IL; Colton Jansen of Wynne, AR; William “Will” D. May, III of Herrin, IL; Shanie May of Herrin, IL; Brylee Horn of Benton, IL; Extended family  Maureen (McLaughlin) and Nuch Ruangchamneil with children Megan and Hayden of Gilbert, AZ; Patrick McLaughlin of Marana, AZ; Siblings – Leonard and Donna May of Scottsdale, AZ; Janice and Ron Francis of St. Louis, MO; Richard and Beverly May of Mexico, MO; John and Katrina May of Trout Run, PA.

He was also survived by many nephews, nieces, cousins, Judy’s family, and many, many friends.  He was preceded in death by: Parents – John and Awelda May; Wife – Judy May. He will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made: Resurrection Lutheran Church of Oro Valley, AZ; Marine Corps League; Marine Toys for Tots. Visitation will be at Marana Mortuary Cemetery; 12146 W. Barnett Road, Marana, AZ on December 9, 2021, 10 to 11; services with full military rites will begin at 11. Burial will be December 20, 2021 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Marana, AZ.

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Born: March 20, 1945
Died: December 2, 2021

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Daniel Bateman posted on 12/14/21

Dear Linda, Dan and I have no words; wish we could say something to ease your pain and heart ache. Bill had such a fun sense of humor and loved life. We remember the fun times we had with you both on the river journey and will cherish those memories. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Hugs, Joanne & Dan Bateman Please stay in touch with us.

 

Stefanie Bristow posted on 12/10/21

To Linda and Family, I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Sending you a big hug and prayers for comfort and peace. He sure was beloved by so many! May Bill Rest In Peace with the Angels. Take Care, Stefanie Bristow

 

Stefanie Bristow posted on 12/10/21

To Linda and Family, I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Sending you a big hug and prayers for comfort and peace. He sure was beloved by so many! May Bill Rest In Peace with the Angels. Take Care, Stefanie Bristow

 

Carol Smelser posted on 12/9/21

My husband Emmett and I were honored to be part of Bill's extended family as sister-in-law and brother-in-law. We shared many a happy time... Go With God dear brother-in-law... Prayers are lifted up for his family... Carol Smelser

 

Carol Smelser posted on 12/9/21

In memory of William May, Carol Smelser lit a candle

 

Carol Smelser posted on 12/9/21

In memory of William May, Carol Smelser lit a candle

 

Carol Smelser posted on 12/9/21

In memory of William May, Carol Smelser lit a candle

 

Dana Jeralds posted on 12/7/21

Tynette and Family, I am so very sorry to hear this. I am thinking of you all during this difficult time. Your daddy was an awesome man. I will never forget that gorgeous smile! Sending my Love, Hugs and Prayers!♥️♥️ Sincerely, Dana Jeralds xoxo

 

Carroll & Barbara Pistole posted on 12/7/21

We didn't know Bill well but we knew him to be a wonderful loving person and respected by all who knew him. He will be missed by so many people and we all know he is at rest with God. Linda, you have our heartfelt condolences.

 

Gail & Darrell Parson posted on 12/7/21

So sorry for your loss. Prayers

 

Bart Masters posted on 12/7/21

I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I really enjoyed our many conversations we had at the barbershop in Herrin. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Our nation is thankful for your military service.

 

Debby Bouse posted on 12/7/21

Deepest sympathy to the family Many memories to hold on to Sending love and prayers❤️❤️🙏🙏

 

Greg Houseworth posted on 12/6/21

In memory of William May, Greg Houseworth lit a candle

 

Christian Baños posted on 12/6/21

I met Bill and Linda In mexico only a couple years ago, since we’ve met they’ve both made me and my wife feel as if we were part of their family, Bill would constantly send us messages asking us how we were and wishing nothing but the best for us. Bill is very loved down here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and we are heart broken to know he is no longer among us, we are sad to know we won’t see any more of His messages, but I know there is a special place for people like Bill, may you be resting in peace señor Bill. From mexico with love ❤️ Christian Baños & Amy May

 

Skip and Frannie posted on 12/6/21

Knowing Bill was loving Bill! What a great human being with a smile that is unforgettable. Our hearts broke of the news of Bills passing. We know that his last years spent married to his beautiful bride Linda were incredibly happy and adventurous! He really enjoyed every day and lived life to its fullest from that point on! Bill will definitely be missed by all that had the honor of knowing him! Love always, Skip and Frannie

 

Tom and Jan Nowakowski posted on 12/6/21

Linda and family and all of the May family. Sending you sympathy wishes as well as prayers and hugs as you say earthly goodbyes to your loved one, Bill May. Although we haven't known him long we will miss his big smile, sense of humor and joy of life. We will always remember the good times in the fall of 2018 when we traveled together on our European River Cruise from Budapest, Hungary to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Golden Memories.

 

Thomas Eimermann posted on 12/6/21

Kathy & I are deeply sorry for the loss of "our Marine." We first met Bill in 2011 when he became our next door neighbor when we moved into our "winter home" in Casa Grande. Not only were we the same age, our March birthdays were only six days apart. We also had both lived in Illinois for many years. Over the years that followed we became close friends and always celebrated our birthdays together. Over the ten years we knew him, Bill shared both the positive and the negative aspects of his service in the Marine Corps. Kathy and I also shared some of the joy he experienced when Linda came into his life. We will remember him as a friendly, caring person and a proud Marine.

 

Laura and Alan Lowe posted on 12/6/21

We send our heartfelt condolences, you and Bill always was a inspiration to a life filled with happiness! May the memories fill your days with joy!

 

Laura and Alan Lowe posted on 12/6/21

We send our heartfelt condolences, you and Bill always was a inspiration to a life filled with happiness! May the memories fill your days with joy!

 

Kim Larson posted on 12/6/21

I never met you. You were a great Facebook friend and when you and Linda met you shared with us what “livin this life” was all about. As Billy Graham stated. This place was not home you were passing through. You will be missed

 

Kim Larson posted on 12/6/21

I never met you. You were a great Facebook friend and when you and Linda met you shared with us what “livin this life” was all about. As Billy Graham stated. This place was not home you were passing through. You will be missed

 

Sue Stewart posted on 12/6/21

Bill was one of the most generous, joyful people I have ever known. I will miss his smile and laughter as well as his great hospitality whenever I came to visit them. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

 

Sue Stewart posted on 12/6/21

Bill was one of the most generous, joyful people I have ever known. I will miss his smile and laughter as well as his great hospitality whenever I came to visit them. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

 

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