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UNADILLA - Retired Master Sergeant Donald A. May, United States Marine Corps, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at home with his two daughters. He was 93.
He was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Akron, Ohio.
He was predeceased by his wife, Betty S. May of Rochester; parents, Fred and Edna May of Akron, Ohio; sister, Helen Shipe of Akron, Ohio; and brother, Walter of St. Michael, Minnesota.
Don spent 20 years in the United States Marine Corps serving in both WWII and the Korean war. He was assigned to the Security Detail at the American Embassy stationed in Bogota, Columbia. He met his wife, Betty, who also worked for the State Department at the American Embassy. They married and then returned to the states. Don took further assignments with the Marines, at Camp LeJune, North Carolina, Clarksville, Tennessee, and his final assignment was as a Marine Corps recruiter in Oneonta. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1963 and took up residence in Unadilla in 1964. Don then served 20 years with the NYS Division for Youth, working as a juvenile delinquent counselor. He retired in 1983.
His retirement hobby was passion for woodworking, creating furniture and other items sold at various craft shows.
After his wife passed, in May of 2009, he moved to Binghamton and lived with his daughter, Marlene.
He is survived by his daughters, Kathleen May of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Marlene May of Binghamton; sons, James and wife, Joann of Binghamton and Geoffrey and wife, Jeanette of Plattsburgh; brother, Gerald of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, Geoff and wife, Danielle, Martha and husband, Jeff, Nicolai and Oyla; various nieces and nephews in Ohio, Washington, D.C., Minnesota, and Oregon.
There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held in Evergreen Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 6. Arrangements are by the Westcott-Madden Funeral Home, 123 Main St., Unadilla.
Condolences may be sent to Marlene May, 33 Ronan St., Binghamton, NY 13901.
Published on December 28, 2017
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