Kenneth Paul May
Longtime Soldotna resident Kenneth Paul May died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at his home of cancer. He was 71.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 1, at Christ Lutheran Church at the "Y" in Soldotna. Pastor Randy L. Parshall will officiate. A wake will follow at Maxx and Melissa May's home.
Mr. May was born July 19, 1933, to Daniel and Marie May in Oklahoma City, Okla. He graduated from high school and furthered his education by attending junior college in Odessa, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He homesteaded in Soldotna and lived in Alaska for 56 years.
Mr. May worked as a maintenance supervisor for the Unocal Chemical Plant until he retired in 1992. After retirement, he was passionate about archaeology, traveling, working with orphans, rock hounding, gold mining, painting, gardening, jewelry making, hiking and backpacking.
"He loved learning new things and creating new things right up to the end. He was joyous and proud because he was able to help deliver almost every one of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren," his family said.
"He was a hard-working man who loved and was loved by his family. Adventure was a big part of his life, and Alaska was full of adventures, which he enjoyed to the fullest. His greatest adventure is just beginning now that death has sent him to his maker. His memory is our keepsake with which we'll never part."
Mr. May was preceded in death by his father, Daniel P. May.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Bonnie May; daughters, Julie May, Becky Szymanski, Melinda Clapp and Kathryn James; sons, Christopher May and Maxx May; 15 grandchildren; a great-grandchild and expected great-grandchild; mother, Marie May; brothers, Johnny May and Thomas May; and sister, Catherine Folger.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. May's memory to Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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