Obituaries for Thurs., April 19, 2018

Published 12:44 am Thursday, April 19, 2018


William L. (Roy) May, 79, of Fairview Heights, IL, passed away at 12 a.m. on Tues., April 17, 2018, at his home. He was born July 5, 1938, in Andalusia, as the son of the late Edwin L. May Sr. and Ava Glenn (Tate) May. He married Helga E. (Strauss) May on August 17, 1996, in St. Charles, Mo., and she survives. He retired in 1999 from Monsanto after 34 years of dedicated service as an industrial engineer. Roy loved playing golf and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth May Cobb, and husband, William Cobb of State College, Pa; son, William (Ty) Tyler May and wife, Beth May of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren, Kai May, Amelia May and Lili Cobb; brother, Edwin L. May Jr. and sister-in-law, Darien May of Andalusia; niece, Ava Louise May; nephew, David Edwin May; stepsons, Steven F. Baker and wife, Maria Teresa A. Baker of St. Louis, and Timothy D. Baker and wife, Lisa M. Baker of St. Charles, Mo.; step-grandchildren, Jessica N. Szapanski, Erica C. Baker, Amy E. Baker and Danielle J. Baker, as well as other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life and in accordance to his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of floral tributes, please support your local animal shelter or Humane Society.

Irwin Chapel of Glen Carbon, Ill., in charge of arrangements,