Myler Leroy May of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on November 19, 2015, having reached the age of eighty-seven years, three months and eight days. Myler was born in Reynolds, MO, on August 12, 1928, son of Emmet Homer May and Inez Bell May nee Spradley. On August 30, 1952, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Ruth Smith and eight children came to bless this union.
Myler is survived by two sons, David May and wife, Doreen, of High Ridge, MO, and Darrall May and wife, Christie, of Arnold, MO; by five daughters, Dorinda Cronin and husband, Jimmy, of Pacific, MO< Diana Jones and husband, Jimmie, of Fenton, MO, Darla May of Union, MO, Dana Pinnon and husband, Rick, of High Ridge, MO and Dalena Rogers and husband, Chuck, of St. Clair, MO; one brother, George May of Farmington, MO; by one sister, Edna Kempen of Wentzville, MO; by twenty-five grandchildren, thirty-eight great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Myler was preceded in death by his former wife, Evelyn May; by one daughter, Debra Tesreau; by one brother, Ray May and by four sisters, Norma Blything, Reba Botkins, Elma Tarvid and Mary Jane Favorite.
Myler was a Christian and in recent months had enjoyed visiting Parkway Church of the Nazarene in St. Clair, MO. He was proud to have served his country as a Corporal in the United States Army, entering October 1, 1948 and receiving his honorable discharge on June 16, 1952. He was currently a member of American Legion Post 347 of St. Clair, MO. During his working years, he was employed as a fork lift driver for Kroger Bakery in St. Louis, MO, retiring after thirty years of service to the company. He was also a retiree of the Baker's and Allied Workers, Local 4 in St. Louis, MO. After his retirement Myler enjoyed many hobbies and interests, including gardening, raising beautiful house plants and fishing. He favorite pastime was studying genealogy and he also liked to cook for his family and take care of his yard. He was an baseball fan, supporting both the Cubs and the Cardinals. He also enjoyed going to the Casino. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his children and grandchildren and many wonderful memories have been created.
A devoted and loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-great-grandfather, step-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Monday, November 23, 2015 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Ben Kingston officiating. Private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.