Earl R. "Bud" Mays

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Earl R. "Bud" Mays, 76, of Glen Rock, York County, passed away at his home Monday.
He was born on April 12, 1938, in Butler. Earl graduated from Butler High School in 1956 before attending and graduating from Grove City College with a degree in business administration. He was a member of the Epsilon Pi Fraternity there.
He was a champion diver in high school and college, setting and holding numerous records. "Bud" Mays had been inducted into both the Butler Area Sports Hall of Fame and the Grove City College Sports Hall of Fame for swimming and diving.
Upon graduation from Grove City College, he entered the U.S. Air Force, where he traveled the world, including a tour in Vietnam. Earl earned the rank of captain before landing in Ft. Campbell, Ky., where he met his beautiful wife, Brigitte (Geng), and two stepsons, Robert and Michael Machmer in 1969. A daughter, Misty Dawn Mays, was added to the family in 1971 and the family moved to Wilmington, Del., where Earl began his "non-military' career with the Westinghouse Corp. He served in the National Guard until being transferred to Saudi Arabia with Westinghouse for 5 years. Upon returning from the Middle East, the Mays family lived in New Freedom, Pa., where Earl continued his work in purchasing with Northrop Grumman in Hunt Valley, Md.
Earl retired to Glen Rock in 2005 and enjoyed golf (and the sand traps), puttering in the yard and his grandchildren. Bud was also born and raised a Steelers fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl M. "Hockey" Mays and Elizabeth Ellenberger Mays, and his stepmother, Heather Graham Mays of Butler.
He is survived by his wife, Brigitte (Geng) Mays of Glen Rock; two sons, Bob Machmer and his companion, Brenda LaChance, of Bear, Del., and Michael Machmer of Elkton, Md.; one daughter, Misty (Mays) Russo and her husband, Ed Russo; his grandchildren, Taryn, Jake and Sophia Russo of Jupiter, Fla.; and one sister, Carol Ann Mays of Shrewsbury, Pa.
MAYS - Private services for Earl R. "Bud" Mays, who died Monday, April 21, 2014, will be held for the family. They appreciate and are thankful for the numerous expressions of sympathy, flowers and cards that have been sent.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made in Earl's memory to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, NH 03086.
Arrangements are being made by Geiple Funeral home, 53 Main St., Glen Rock, and condolences may be shared at geiple.com.


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Published in Butler Eagle on Apr. 25, 2014
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