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In Memory of

Norman Dale May

December 22, 1925 - November 25, 2016

Obituary


Norman Dale May, 90, died Friday, Nov. 25, at Ashton Court Care and Rehab, Liberty, MO. He was a longtime resident of Kansas City, MO.



Visitation will be at 9AM on Wed., Nov. 30, at Floral Hills, with funeral at 10AM. Burial to be held privately at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to organizations serving the blind like Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library, 600 W Main St, PO Box 387, Jefferson City, MO 65101.



Norman was born Dec. 22, 1925, on a farm in Northeastern...

Norman Dale May, 90, died Friday, Nov. 25, at Ashton Court Care and Rehab, Liberty, MO. He was a longtime resident of Kansas City, MO.



Visitation will be at 9AM on Wed., Nov. 30, at Floral Hills, with funeral at 10AM. Burial to be held privately at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to organizations serving the blind like Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library, 600 W Main St, PO Box 387, Jefferson City, MO 65101.



Norman was born Dec. 22, 1925, on a farm in Northeastern Missouri into a family of 11 children. Of the seven boys and 4 girls, he was the eighth child. At age 5, his parents moved the family to a small farm a mile and a half south of Buell, MO, population 88. At age 12, his parents moved to a farm 5 miles north of Wellsville, MO, where he completed grade school and went to high school for a short time before deciding to work on the farm to help his parents.



In the spring of 1943, he went to work for a family on a 600-acre farm near Mexico, MO. His salary was $50 per month. He worked that summer and in December enlisted in the Merchant Marines at the age of 17. Because his family lived on a farm, he had a deferment but asked his dad to sign the necessary papers so he could enlist. He served as a Seaman and traveled around the world during the Second World War. He was docked at ports in England during the air raids, China, Russia, Italy, Belgium, Arab countries, Japan (including Okinawa Island), Singapore, Puerto Rico, and the Hawaiian Islands. He also visited major ports in the U.S., including New York, New Orleans, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Galveston, Pensacola, and others. His ship went through the Suez and Panama Canals. He enjoyed recalling his many fascinating stories about his time serving our country. He was discharged Aug. 8, 1945.



Norman’s six brothers also served their country in the Navy and the Coast Guard. The two youngest served in the Korean War. None of them were injured and all returned home safely.



After the war, Norman married Ireta Belle Elton Sept. 14, 1947. They were married 40 years until her death in 1988.



Norman worked 37 years for Exide Battery Company as a lead man on the assembly line. He was forced to retire at the age of 58 due to loss of vision from macular degeneration.



He was the last surviving charter member of FOE 3717 Eagles Club in Sugar Creek.



He enjoyed his retirement fishing and visiting with his brothers and friends. Music was an important part of his life. He played guitar and sang in a band for most of his adult life.



Survivors include two son, Ken May and wife Brenda, Ottawa, KS; Gary May and wife Cheryl, Kearney, MO; four grandchildren, Casey May Walker (Kirk); Cecily May, Gardner, KS; Angie McCune (Josh), Manhattan, KS; and Jared May (Heather), Lathrop, MO. Also surviving are six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Preceding Norm in death was grandson Corey May. Norman’s companion of 26 years, Mary Frances Sears, also survives.



Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com.



Arr.: Newcomer's Floral Hills, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO 64133, (816) 353-1218.