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Thomas Whitney May, 91

St. Cloud

March 16, 1921 - January 4, 2013

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013, friends and relatives may call one hour prior to Mass on Friday at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in St. Augusta. Thomas Whitney May, age 91, of Saint Cloud, died peacefully at his home on Friday, January 4th. Rev. Robert Rolfes will officiate and entombment will be private in Assumption Cemetery, Mausoleum. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Saint Cloud.

Thomas W. May was born on March 16, 1921 in Saint Cloud to Albert L. and Jane (Brown) May. He attended Saint John's University and St. Cloud State University. Tom served in the United States Air Force during World War II as a Bombardier in the European Theatre. He flew in more than 20 missions with a Tactical Group of A-20 and A-26 Medium Bombers. After serving his country, Tom married Olive Lawrence on May 8, 1947 in Saint Cloud and they were married for over 50 years. Tom retired as President and Chairman of May Printing Company in St. Cloud, which he and his brother, Loren had owned. Their printing business continued as Merrill-May Printing Company and today it is known as Merrill Corporation. Tom was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 961, Saint Cloud VFW Post #428, a Life Member of the Elks, Charter Member of the St. Cloud Exchange Club, and was a long time member and Past President of the Saint Cloud Country Club. Tom truly loved the game of golf and was the Country Club Champion in 1951. He was also a member of the Minnesota State Bowling Championship Team in 1963.

Tom is survived by his three children, son, Thomas L. Jr. (Susan) of Grand Marais, daughters, Sally Mahoney of Palm Desert, CA and Jayne (Michael) Schrantz of Saint Cloud; grandchildren, Thomas III, Casey, Bethany, Leann and Brian; great-grandson, Mason and great-granddaughter, Whitney. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Lou Dahms. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Olive on January 4, 1998; sister, Dorothy; brother, Loren and son-in-law, Dan Mahoney.

Tom's quick humor, ever present laughter and his beautiful tenor voice will be missed.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to St. Cloud Hospital Hospice.

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Published in the St. Cloud Times on Jan. 8, 2013
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