Bruce Carleton May
Posted Sep 23, 2011 @ 09:15 PM
— Bruce Carleton May, 82, of Madison, Ind., entered this life on
May 7, 1929, in Camden. Bruce died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at his home
in Madison, Ind. He was the loving son of the late, Carleton A. and Emma
M. Rose May. He was raised in Camden and graduated high school there in
In high school, he enjoyed playing baseball, football and basketball.
Bruce was a well-known athlete in the areas of baseball and bowling. He
enjoyed playing professional baseball with Peekskill Highlanders, the
Yankee's Farm Team, the St. Louis Browns and the Texas - Arizona League.
He also was a semi-pro bowler and had won the Indiana All-State.
He was united in marriage on Dec. 23, 1950, in Spring Arbor, to Dianne
Judith Bates. This happy union was blessed with two sons and one daughter.
Bruce was inducted into the United States Army on Jan. 4, 1951, during
the Korean War, rising to the rank of Corporal. He was honorably discharged
on Dec. 22, 1952. He was employed as an engineer with the railroad having
worked for the New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail. He enjoyed
traveling, especially to New Orleans and attending the Sugar Bowl.
Bruce and Dianne made Madison their home in 1983 and became members of
Trinity United Methodist Church. He opened Folk Art by May 1985 and enjoyed
working as a woodcarver, creating and selling beautiful works of art.
He was especially known for his Santa Claus figures. He enjoyed antiques
and refinishing them, collecting rocks, coins, making jewelry and stone
Bruce will be missed by his loving wife of 62 years, Dianne Judith Bates
May of Madison; his loving sons, Ted May and his wife, Heather of Coldwater
and Matt May of Madison; his loving daughter, Cinda Ann May of Bloomfield,
Ind.; his loving grandchildren, Jonathan May, Aaron May and Anthony May;
his loving brother, Edward Bates of Cincinnati, Ohio; his nieces and his
nephews, James and Lisa Bates, Sarah Kennedy, Liz Bates and Shane and
Katie Lovellett; and his cousin, Robert "Bob" Touse of Columbus,
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Jeanne
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, by the Rev. Donald
G. Bradley at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive, Madison.
Interment will follow later in the Camden Cemetery in Camden. Friends
may call Monday from noon until time of the service at the funeral home.
Full military honors will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter.
Cards are available at the funeral home.