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Ronald C May

November 11, 1944 ~ March 11, 2022 (age 77)


Ronald Colin May, age 77, passed away peacefully at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on March 11, 2022.

Born on November 11, 1944, to parents Raymond Cecil and Mary Johnson May. The second oldest child to the couple he is survived by his older brother Ples and younger brother Jay D.

He is predeceased by his younger sister Marsha.

Ronald is survived by his loving wife of almost 53 years Karen Nadine DeWitt May. He is also survived by his children. Suzanne May Russell, her Husband Brannon Clifford Russell, Colin Matthew May, and Alexander DeWitt May. More important to him than anything  he is survived by his 7 grandkids. Kollbe Roe Russell, Hadlee May Russell, Zaydee Mar Russell, Hailey Isabell May, Riley Elizabeth May, Hayden Maxwell May, and Ryker Noelle May.  

After he graduated from Manual High School he went on to work 20 years at Western Electric. After it closed Ronald went on to graduate from the IU Kelly School of Business in 1988. He went on to work for and retired from Cambridge Industries in 2007.

A man of few words, unless it was yelling at his favorite sports team on tv, he enjoyed many things. He loved many things in life, but he loved nothing or nobody more than his high school sweetheart and wife of 53 years, Karen. From day one they were inseparable until the day he passed. With that love they have had a life full of good times, laughter, great memories, and times that made them stronger.

He had a love for fishing which paid off when he had grandkids because he would take them whenever they asked. He was a dedicated father that never missed any of his kids activities and loved to support his grandkids in their activities when he could. He loved a good cigar, a cold Diet Mt. Dew, and a few tangerines.  He rarely showed emotion, but he was always there with advice when needed.

Ronald was a great man that will be remembered for his silent stares, his giant heart, and his unconditional love for his family.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN.

Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Jolita Erdele officiating.

Burial will be in Fairland Cemetery.

Funeral Directors Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Ron’s family.

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March 16, 2022

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Murphy - Parks Funeral Services

Funeral Service
March 16, 2022

1:00 PM
Murphy - Parks Funeral Services

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