Maynard May - October 11, 2013

Maynard May, age 93, of Aurora, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the Hamilton Manor.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Aurora United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mary Scott will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Nebraska United Methodist Foundation to fund a music scholarship or to the Hamilton Community Foundation. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Maynard LeRoy May, son of Samuel LeRoy and Emma Lorene (Rasmussen) May, was born at Marquette, on Feb. 28, 1920.
Maynard graduated from Marquette High School and attended Grand Island Business College. Maynard worked for the federal government in Washington, D.C., on the 1940 Census, then for Social Security Board in Baltimore, Md. Maynard served in the U.S. Army in the 90th Chemical Mortar Battalion during World War II. His battalion was in the European Theatre.
Maynard was united in marriage to Lillian Frances Andersen on July 19, 1945. After being honorably discharged, Maynard went to work for the federal government. He spent 32 ½ years with the federal government. Of that 30 years were spent with the Department of Interior. He started as a clerk and progressed to a position of management in the field of purchasing and property management. He was employed at Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Chicago; Valentine; Grand Island; Denver; St. Paul; and Pueblo, Colo. In 1972, he retired on his farm near Phillips, where he kept a few cattle and raised vegetables and flowers. Maynard reported the precipitation to the National Weather Bureau in Hastings for over 20 years. Lillian died Dec. 13, 1999.
Maynard enjoyed his volunteer work at the Salvation Army and the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island. His hobbies included woodworking and genealogy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, only brother, Virgil, and nephew David May.
Those who remain to cherish his memory are his two daughters, Cheri Leigh and her husband, Garth, of Kansas City, Mo., and Merrilee May of American Samoa; son, Marion May of Axtell; grandson, Aaron Gay of Salina, Kan., and great-granddaughter, Malia.

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