May, Clay M.
Clay M. May, 62, of Chenango Forks went into the light of the Lord August 21, 2013 after an extended illness. Clay was predeceased by his parents, Audrey and Newton; daughter, Nicole; sisters, Norma and Nancy; stepfather, Charles Swain; and a special friend, Doug Gardner. He is survived by his loving wife, Darlene; stepchildren, Robert Snow Jr. (Sandi), Timothy Snow (Tia), Pamela Snow, Joel Batzel (Jackie); grandchildren, Gerrelle, Barbara, Cody, Erika, McKenna, Camryn, Cooper, Jenna, Jacob, Colin, Shelby; and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, Butch, Steve (Cora), Pete (Cindy); sisters, Cleone (Bud), Mary, and Susan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell (Barb) Card, Sandra (Ed) Moelder, Charlotte Card, and Duane (Cathy) Card; many nieces and nephews, and extended family, and by special dog and walking companion "Toby" as well as his feline friends. Clay was born in Leroy, PA, January 8, 1951. He graduated from Troy High School, was drafted into the Army
and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War
. He received many coveted awards and was most proud to have the privilege of serving his country. He then went on to serve in the Army Reserves and was a member of American Legion Post 1645. Clay obtained an associate's degree in Industrial Management from Haywood Technical Institute, North Carolina. Clay was always an overachiever with a drive to succeed. He was employed by Universal Instruments for 25 years and recently retired from Rynone Manufacturing. He was also business partner with his wife in their home based antique doll business, which he truly loved. Clay always had a smile and always promoted positive attitude even in the toughest of times. His quirky sense of humor and loving generosity was shared with everyone he met. His love of family, friends, pets and sports was known to all. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him but most of all by his best friend and wife, Darlene. May he rest in the love of the Lord. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and thanks to Dr. Harris, Dr. Gasparis, Dr. Rehman, nurses and staff of the CCU at Wilson Hospital; Therapists, Diane, Katie, Chuck; and all the wonderful staff, especially the Rehab Unit, at Good Shepherd Fairview Home for making his last few months challenge easier to bare. Special thanks also to Pastor Cindy Wenzinger for all her support. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 1PM, at the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, NY with Rev. Dr. Roger Frederick officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11AM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers those wishing kindly consider memorial contributions to the
, 6390 Fly Rd. 2nd Floor, East Syracuse, NY 13057 (americandiabetesassociation.org
) or any local animal shelter.