|Melvin “Bud” May, 79|
|Written by TRF Times|
Merrifield - Melvin “Bud” May, 79, of Merrifield, died on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at the Woodland Good Samaritan Home in Brainerd due to cancer.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 21, at the Nelson Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.
Bud May was born April 10, 1925 in Lavern, to Louis and Bertha May. He grew up and attended school in Staceyville, Iowa. At the age of 17, he joined the Navy and served in World War II. After the war he moved to Shing Wako Resort in Merrifield and worked with his sister Genevieve (Gene) who was the owner. There he met his future wife, Elizabeth Wanda Grossnickle. They were married in May 1946. They lived and worked for a short time at the Shing Wako Resort after moving to Crosby, where he worked in the open-pit mine. They returned to the Merrifield area where he built their home and they established their life. His wife, Wanda, preceded him in death on July 29, 1990 after 44 years of marriage.
He worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad (Northern Pacific) as an electrician. He was on the road the majority of his years. He retired after 28 years and received recognition for his services to the railroad. After retirement, Bud and Wanda volunteered for the soup kitchen in Brainerd and helped with commodities in area food shelves. He was a volunteer for many years at St. Joseph’s and the State, and drove many veterans and clients to appointments. He was also a member of the Lion’s Club in Brainerd, the KC’s of Crosslake, the KC’s of Brainerd and Brainerd Senior’s Center where he made many dozen donuts. Bud received the International Volunteer Lion’s Award.
Bud enjoyed fishing, dancing and hunting and loved his time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, working with model airplanes, some traveling with the company of his friends and family, plus feeding and observing his family of deer, squirrels and birds.
Bud is survived by his special friend, Bev Roach of Merrifield; one son, Tom (Jolene) May of Marion, NY; four daughters, Marilyn Rausch of Fargo, N.D., Karen Banks of Brainerd, Diane May of Minneapolis, Linda (Harry) Hoks of Burnsville; foster daughter, Delores Olds of Fifty Lakes; 12 grandchildren including Melissa (Jeffrey) Fox of Thief River Falls; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; brother, Fritz; sisters, Geneviev and Mildred; one granddaughter and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.