The Obit For Bruce May

Bruce Carleton May
Posted Sep 23, 2011 @ 09:15 PM

Madison, Ind. — 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 1946.

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 art.

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, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Jeanne Bates Kennedy.
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.