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July 10, 2020

6/29/2020 10:18:00 AM
May, John H.

John H. (Jack) May, 83 of Roseville, California passed away on June 23, 2020 at his home. A celebration of life will be held in Muscatine, Iowa where Jack will be interred at a later date. Jack was born May 13, 1937 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin to Herman and May(Mae) May. He married Elaine Houtakker (deceased) on November 15, 1958 in Belmont, Wisconsin. Together they loved raising four boys in Muscatine, Iowa. Jack was a devout Catholic and extremely proud of his sons, grandchildren, and daughters in law. He thoroughly enjoyed a successful 42 year career with Kent Feeds where he retired as President in 2003. Jack cared about his community and was active in many local projects, civic organizations and on industry boards supporting the agriculture industry. He was always on the go, and would make it to his children's events, be an auctioneer for charity, or announcing a swim meet. Anywhere the action was, Jack was in the middle of it. When the hog industry went into a deep recession, he led a campaign to "Eat more pork" which was recognized across the Midwest.
After the passing of Elaine in 2000, Jack moved to Granite Bay, California. He married Laura(Humbert) Rexroad (deceased) on August 2, 2003. Jack embraced Laura's family, his new community, and was active in the Granite Bay Rotary. In his spare time, he enjoyed walking his four legged friends in the neighborhood and enjoyed writing children's books. He wrote "Jumpin' Jackie, The Cow That Jumped Over The Moon", "Rolf's Guide to Training Your Pet Human" and he invented the Moon Jump Trainer, designed to keep your kids active. Jack was passionate about encouraging others and selling the positives of life. As a life-long Rotarian, he spearheaded a flag project at the Granite Bay Park which recognized veterans of the armed services. He was best known for his sense of humor, storytelling, and ability to make each person he interacted with feel special.
Survivors include: children Steve of St Louis Park, Minnesota; Chris and Joanne May or St. Louis, Missouri; Todd and Eva May of Edina, Minnesota; and Brian and Tracy May of Denver, Colorado. Grandchildren: Lucy May or Portland, Oregon; Jack May of Denver, Colorado; Sophia May or St. Louis, Missouri; Jessie and Henry May or Edina, Minnesota. Sister Marge(Peter) Terenzetti of Utica, New York; sister-in-law, Lucille May and brother-in-law, James Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents; Elaine May; Laura May; granddaughter, Nora Grace May; his brothers, Paul May and Harold May; his sisters, Genevieve(St. Stellan) and Norma Christ.
Jack was a strong believer in the importance of post high school education and has established several scholarships. In lieu of flowers, memorials for the Jack May Scholarship fun to support a student from Mineral Point to attend college can be sent to Central State Bank, 301 Iowa Ave, PO Box 146, Muscatine, IA 52761.





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