Einer died after a struggle with Alzheimer's disease on June 9, 2013. He was born on June 21, 1918, in St. Paul, MN, to Henry and Mary (Marie) May, where he lived until joining the U. S. Navy at the young age of 17. He met and married Elsa Johnson in Long Beach, CA, and together they had five children, Alberta, Susan, Sylvia, Michael and Mark. Einer retired from the Navy after 21 years of service and went to work for Aid Association for Lutherans as an insurance agent.
After Elsa passed away in 1980, he married Lois DeLand and together they enjoyed their golden years for the rest of his life. Einer loved an active life, he volunteered as a docent at the Diamond Valley Reservoir, he helped make Braille books for the blind, and he and Lois were very active in their church – a very important part of their life.
Einer was a great storyteller, with a good sense of humor, and could talk for hours about his days in the Navy. While serving his country he was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, two Bronze Stars
with V, a Good Conduct medal, and the American Defense Honor, among others. He served on the Southern California Board of Water Equality and the Poway Water Board. He was a charter member and Elder at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Poway, CA.
Einer is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary May; first wife, Elsa; son, Michael; and brother, Rev. Edward May.
Along with his wife, Lois, he leaves behind three daughters, Alberta Allen, Susan (Bill deceased) Meshke and Sylvia (Monte) Nance; one son, Mark (Marcia) May; four stepchildren, Michael (Jane) DeLand, Ruth (Bill) Schmitz, Paul (Sara) DeLand and Joyce (Kerry) Klostermann; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Thank you to Hospice Care of the West, Susan and Chito of Guardian Angels and a special sister-in-law, Barbara Prange.
Einer passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family, and will be laid to rest at Miramar National Cemetery on June 18, 2013, at 11:30 am.