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DS2 Roy May has passed away

Postby paulechols on Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:43 pm

It is with great sadness that I tell you all of the passing of Roy May. Below is an email from his daughter.

Yesterday, January 6th, 2011, my father took his own life. It had been a long road for him. I think in the end he was just too sad and broken inside to find a way to live with so much pain. As most of you know, he recently landed his ideal job at Dell in Austin. It was going well for him with the exception of the long hours, but he joined us for dinner most nights and breakfast on the weekends. He laughed and played with the boys, was my dish fairy after dinner, and seemed to be resurfacing to the land of the living. We had game nights now and then, he played bridge with my mom and her friends, we went to rock and mineral shows… I am very thankful for the time I had with him. I don’t think that the day was planned, more that the conviction to leave this earth had been made and unmade for many years and that finally, in a snap decision, he left. We tried to get him connected enough in this life so that he could overcome his disillusions with humanity, anger at organized religion, and sadness for the things in life that have hurt him and those he loved. In the end, it did not work and he succumbed to the pain. We are in the process of planning a memorial service in Arkansas soon and a follow-up ceremony for scattering his ashes in Colorado (per his request) in late spring or summer. I will be sending more information regarding these events as soon as they are finalized. He will be greatly missed.

Juliette Kroeger
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He was my best friend at boot and MI. He was a proud member of the Drill Team and instramental in collaborating the creation of many of the routines we did. Roy was a wonderful person. I last saw him in Denver in 06 or 07 in Denver. We had breakfast and talked about our days at boot company 915 in San Diego and MI. We relived stories of getting plastered after parade's at VFW's. He bought a Foosball machine and had it in his room in the drill team wing in 1296 at MI. While I loved him like a brother at MI we drifted apart when I shipped out to the Chuavenet and he stayed at MI for more training. I was glad to reconnect with him in Denver. We shared an occasional email and he gave me all his old DS prints and manuals a couple years ago. It was nice to see the old prints with the horses we scribbled in the margins back in those days. I will have a congac tonight and toast to his life and the happiness that it brought me as his friend. Fair seas my old friend.
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Re: DS2 Roy May has passed away

Postby swedecpa on Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:34 pm

Paul,
My condolences to you and Roy's family
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Re: DS2 Roy May has passed away

Postby Rick Ward on Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:43 pm

My condolences to you, Paul, to Roy's family and to all who knew him.
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Postby mlouise_smith on Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:26 pm

My heart and condolences go to you Paul and to Roy's family. From his daughter's email, sounds like she really loved and understood her father.
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Postby rmcguire on Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:35 pm

Sorry for your loss, Paul. My best wishes to you and to Roy's family and friends.

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Postby Doc Kivlighan on Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:57 am

My condolences to the family, friends and shipmates of my fellow xDS Roy May.
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Re: DS2 Roy May has passed away

Postby Fburtxds1 on Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:47 pm

Police ID Man Who Shot Himself Outside Kyle ER
By Austin American-Statesman Staff
Friday, January 7, 2011, 04:06 PM

According to an announcement by the Kyle Police Department:

Kyle, TX - Kyle Police have identified the man who committed suicide on Thursday as Roy Lyman May, 57. May died by an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. He resided in Kyle with family members and had previously lived in Arkansas.

The Kyle Police Department responded at 2:15 pm on Thursday to a report of an attempted suicide on the grounds just outside the emergency room at Seton Medical Center - Hays in Kyle.

When officers arrived at the scene, the victim was already inside the hospital receiving treatment for a gun shot wound to the chest from medical staff.

My comments: This is a great tragedy for us in the DS community and especially to those of you who knew Roy personally. My sympathies and prayers go out to you, Paul, for the loss of your friend. It goes without saying that I offer the same to his family who are obviously devastated.

I sincerely hope that no one else within our group is suffering so much that they could possibly be contemplating hurting themselves. But if by chance there are any of you who are so deep in despair as to think there is no hope or way out, please consider the fact that there are people out there who sincerely care about you; and this wonderful group of ladies and gentlemen who make up the DS Community are included among them.

We have come together in the past to help members of our group get past challenging and frightful times, either through prayer or just simple moral support. I have personally never met another group of people who I have trusted and respected more than I do you all. I value your judgment and unconditional affection and concern above all. We can depend on each other. Believe that.

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Re: DS2 Roy May has passed away

Postby herring on Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:53 pm

Paul...thank you for sharing this with us. I am very sorry for your loss, but so happy that you were able to see him when you did. Big hugs to you from Round Rock.
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Re: DS2 Roy May has passed away

Postby paulechols on Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:21 am

The services for Roy May are as follows

The memorial service for my father will be held on Saturday, January 15th from 1-4 at the Whitney Mountain Lodge:
12483 Lodge Drive : Garfield, AR 72732 : 479.359.3201. They also have guest accommodations there as well with reduced rates for our party. There is also a Best Western and Holiday Inn and Suites in Rogers. The airport closest to Rogers is XNA and is 30 miles away from the lodge. For those able to come, please bring pictures, memorabelia, and funny and touching stories to share with eachother as we remeber the life, not death, of my father. Please let me know whether you will be able to come. Thank you. The website for the Lodge is http://www.whitneymountain.com. If anyone would like to send flowers for the memorial, they can be ordered at Shirley's flower shop in Rogers. The phone number for the shop is (800) 624-7225 or (479) 636-0118 and the website is http://www.shirleysflowersinc.com. Linda from the Lodge will bring them to the memorial. You all touched my father's life, and I thank you for that.


I love that they are remembering his life not death. Celebrate the man.

I agree 100% with Frank. As always he has articulated what many of us feel in a much more eloquent way than I ever could.

I sincerely appreciate the thought and wishes of all of you here.
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Re: DS2 Roy May has passed away

Postby paulechols on Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:10 pm

Jay Schrand has been in contact with me and it looks like he will be attending Roy's Memorial on our behalf. I sent a Large Lilly that should last 120 days per the fllower shop. I signed the card as follows.

Fair Seas our old friend

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I asked Jay to take a couple pictures for us if he gets to the memorial. Would be nice to see.
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DS2 Roy May

Postby schrand on Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:07 pm

Roy May_sm.jpg
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Roy Lymon May
Feb 9, 1953 - Jan 5, 2011
US Navy (DS2) 1974-1980

I attended the memorial service(photos) at the picturesque Whitney Mountain Lodge. It has a such a majestic view overlooking Beaver Lake near his parents home in Garfield, Arkansas. I never knew Roy personally, and certainly don't understand his final act. I don't think anyone else does either. But I was impressed with Juliette and the family's determined resilience, ...the desire to understand, remember and hold on to, the positive influences that Roy had on their life.
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Re: DS2 Roy May has passed away

Postby eagle0ne on Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:23 pm

Thanks for posting the Photo's

Roy did make a difference in this world and I think his family is proud of what he accomplished during his life.

And thank you for sharing his memory with us..
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Re: DS2 Roy May has passed away

Postby mlouise_smith on Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:41 pm

We never really know who people are, do we. Really makes me wish I had had the opportunity to know Roy.

Jay, thanks for taking your time and representing us as a community.

Paul, thanks for sending the lily and signing our name.
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Re: DS2 Roy May has passed away

Postby paulechols on Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:42 am

mlouise_smith wrote:We never really know who people are, do we. Really makes me wish I had had the opportunity to know Roy.

Jay, thanks for taking your time and representing us as a community.

Paul, thanks for sending the lily and signing our name.



I want to echo the thanks to Jay. What a selfless act. It is wonderful to have the memorial stuff you emailed me and I am proud a fellow DS stepped up and represented us. Thanks Jay. If there is ever anything I can do for you, you have but to ask.
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Re: DS2 Roy May has passed away

Postby Swamped on Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:09 pm

As a fellow DS I was fortunate to have served with Roy at the FCDSTC in Pt Loma from 1976 to 1978 maintaining NTDS hardware. After my discharge in December 1980 (and with a job all lined up with the contractor that was responsible for the MPDS equipment I maintained on the Nimitz) Roy called me and convinced me to move to Denver and apply at the company he worked for: Digital Equipment Corp, 30 years ago this month. Roy was a good friend and I was fortunate to have been able to attend his memorial. I'll miss him greatly.

Thanks to Jay Schrand for showing up and taking the great pictures.
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