Eugene Raymond May of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away March 17, 2023 at the age of 87 following a rugged bout with cancer. He was born January 4, 1936 in Portland, Oregon to Joe and Bertha May. He is survived by his wife Barbara J. “B.J.” May, sisters Joan Spangler and Patricia Reed, and brother Jim May. He is also survived by four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Gene was preceded in death by his son Tony May, daughter Teresa Cooley, brothers Robert May, Harold May, and George May, and her sister Betty Penner.
On January 6, 1936 in Portland, Oregon, Gene became number six of eight children born to Joe and Bertha May. The family was bound together during the difficult depression era, but managed to eke out a living no matter how many times they moved in Oregon. Eventually settling on an eighty-acre farm in Cherryville, Oregon, the tight-knit family hung together and managed relatively well as the children struck out into positive individual lifestyles. Gene served his country in the U.S. Army in Berlin, Germany in the mid 1950’s. Upon his return to the USA, he started a family of his own with his marriage to Arlene Kula, and then the births of Anthony and Teresa May.
Gene became part of the freight transportation industry where he held management positions in California, Oregon, and Washington. Later, he was a successful entrepreneur/co-owner of Arizona Express, a freight company with many locations in the U.S.
In later life, he met and married Barbara Jean “B.J.” Snyder, and the two of them travelled the world over the next thirty-two years. They blended their families of four children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Gene was noted for his “people skills” and hardworking approach to business management. He never met a stranger and his myriad of friends, family and business associates, all attest to his good nature, sense of humor, and dedication to relationships. His love of life and bright personality will always be remembered.