Wallace Russell May 1929 - 2009 Lawrence
A celebration of life for Wallace Russell May, 80, Lawrence, took place Saturday in the Kansas Union, and Wednesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. His remains were cremated.
Mr. May died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, in Lawrence.
He was born Feb. 14, 1929, in Indianapolis, the son of Charles Eithel and Ollie L. Lucas May. He had lived in Lawrence since 1965.
Mr. May graduated in 1946 from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. He served in the Air National Guard from 1947 to 1950. He graduated from Manhattan Bible College in Manhattan, Kan., in 1953. He earned a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis in 1960.
He also earned a master’s degree in radio-TV-film in 1970 and a doctorate in speech communication in 1978, both from Kansas University.
Mr. May served as a minister at Odell Christian Church in Odell, Neb., and assistant pastor at Fairfax Christian Church in Indianapolis. He was director of public relations and a professor of Hebrew literature and communications at Manhattan Bible College from 1958 until 1963. He was minister of administration at Broadway Christian Church in Wichita from 1963 until 1965.
He became a minister at Lone Star Church of the Brethren near Lawrence in 1965. He served as director of the Kansas City Area Center, Division of Continuing Education, for KU, beginning in 1970. He retired in 1991 as an associate dean of continuing education. He helped establish programs that became the KU Regents Center and subsequently, the KU Edwards Campus.
In the last 10 years of his life, Mr. May devoted himself to volunteering at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he helped to reorganize the volunteer organization and developed staff training handbooks.
He enjoyed photography and opened a photo gallery, Gallery IV, in Lawrence. His other hobbies included aviation and gardening. He said that he had planted more than 1,000 trees in his life. He also enjoyed cooking and traveling, especially to New Mexico, Italy and Australia. Other hobbies included music, cats, and design and construction.
Mr. May was married to Evelyn Pauline Leigeber from 1951 to 1970. He was married to Charlene Lake Inman from 1971 to 1975 and 1988 to 1992. He was married to Cynthia Lingle from 1976 to 1983.
He was partners with Carol Hartman, Lawrence, for the last 17 years of his life. She survives.
Other survivors include five sons, David William, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Daniel Stephen and Douglas Ralph, both of Lawrence, Dustin Webster Campbell, Coral Gables, Fla., and James Matthew, Merriam; a daughter, Christine Rose May Blanchard, Lawrence; and two sisters, Joyce May Phillips, Indianapolis, and Josephine May Seashols, Mesa, Ariz.
The family suggests memorials to the Wallace R. May Fund at Lawrence Memorial Hospital or a gift of volunteer time to the hospital.
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