Kenneth Leland May, aged 77, passed away on Feb 15th, 2018, in the Huntsville Hospital Hospice Family Care facility located in Huntsville, AL. Kenneth and wife were long-time residents of Niceville, FL. Martha Anita May, Kenneth’s beloved wife, passed away on June 18th, 2013. Kenneth was a devoted and loving husband, brother, and father.
Kenneth May was born April 10th, 1940 in Newtown, MO to Garel and Naomi May. He was one of nine children and is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and several of his siblings. He is survived by his twin sons, Shaun and Paul who meant the world to him. Shaun and his wife, Danielle, and their children, Lilly, Connor, and Zadie, live in Amarillo, TX. Paul and his wife, Cynthia, and their children, Caroline and George, live in Meridianville, AL.
Kenneth graduated high school in Des Moines, IA and moved out west to California with dreams of eventually moving to Hawaii. Once in California, Kenneth decided to serve his country in a time of great need and joined the United States Air Force in 1959. After graduating from basic and tech school, Kenneth served in Vietnam, Southeast Asia, and Europe. One of his favorite duty locations was Italy and he learned to speak Italian fluently. Kenneth’s primary specialty while in the military was that of a Precision Measurement Electronic Laboratory (PMEL) technician. He retired from the USAF in 1980 at Eglin AFB shortly after the birth of his sons.
After retiring from the USAF, Kenneth took a job with McDonnell Douglas that took him and his family to MO and eventually to Taif, Saudi Arabia to work as a PMEL Instructor. Kenneth was an avid traveler and loved experiencing new cultures and discovering their histories. He loved to cook and work in the garden and often had the best lawn in the neighborhood. He believed in hard work and giving everyone a chance since he had been given so many since his humble childhood in MO.
A private family service will be held this Tuesday at 9am at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery where he will be interred in a family plot in Niceville alongside his beloved wife.