Obituary of David L. May
David L. May, 72, passed away peacefully, without pain and suffering, at Marion General Hospital on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, surrounded by family. He was born to the late Harold May and to Pauline (Rains-May) Phillippe, who survives. He graduated from Mississinewa High School in 1964 and attended Marion College.
David was a member of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department for 22 years, retiring in 2000. During that time, he held multiple positions including Chief Firearms Instructor for many years. He graduated from Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
Shortly after retirement, David gained an avid interest in collecting, restoring, and repairing John Deere garden tractors. For many years, he displayed his 1965 Thunderbird at numerous car shows, winning many awards. His daughter, Shari, shared his interest in classic cars. After selling his “bird”, you would find him at tractor shows displaying his collection of vintage John Deere garden tractors.
David participated for many years with the Cub Scouts summer camp. He was also an avid hunter traveling to Wyoming many years and even to Newfoundland, Canada, for a caribou hunt. He was a long-time member of Deer Creek Conservation Club and a member of the NRA.
Since Diana’s retirement, they enjoyed traveling in their RV, spending summers at Hardin Ridge Recreation Area and winters at Florida and Georgia state parks volunteering.
Survivors include his loving wife of 30 years, Diana; daughter, Shari (Brad) Eastes, Gas City; son, Bryan (Tammy) Griffith, Gas City; grandchildren, Layla Ping, Aubrey Delgado, and David Ashmore; great-grandchildren, Keeleigh, Mia, and Mason; siblings, Lorie (Donald) Jennings, Tallahassee, FL; Cynthia (Michael) Laughrun, Deltona, FL; Dawn (Dan) Norris, Mentone; Hal (Cathy) May, Warsaw, and Karen (Jerd) Francis, Rochester; step-mother, Esther May, Claypool; several nieces and nephews; and many close friends who have always been there for him.
In addition to his father, David was preceded in death by three sisters, Janet, Tina, and Judy.
A memorial visitation will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN.
Immediately following the visitation, a service to celebrate David’s life will begin at 6 p.m. with Pastor Mick Simpkins officiating.
Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.
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