Robert J. May, "Bob", 62, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died Friday, April 2, 2004 at the Boulder City Veterans Nursing Home from stroke complications. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date in Boulder City.
Robert May was born September 25, 1941 in Faulkton, South Dakota to Mary (Creagh) and Merl R. May. He attended the Staufer County School until the death of his father in 1950. Bob attended the Orient School until the end of his junior year when the school closed. During his junior year he was elected the delegate to Boys State in Aberdeen. He graduated from Faulkton High School in 1959.
Bob worked a variety of jobs for the next few years. He spent quite a few years working
on the Oahe Dam. In 1964 he was drafted into the Army. He was stationed in Texas for
the next two years. During this time he married Gloria Wilhelm and to this union two
daughters were born. After his discharge they lived in Denver, Colo., where Bob worked
for Shell Oil Refinery Co.
In 1968 Bob reenlisted into the Army and was stationed at Pleiku, Vietnam where he
was a helicopter medic through 1969.
After his release he joined the Ironworkers Union and worked in many different states as
a high-rise ironworker. He married Nancy Kriens in 1976. They moved to several
different areas where Bob could work. They spent many years in the Texas area until the
state had difficulties and there was no more work. They moved to Las Vegas, Nev. in
1988 where there jobs were available.
Bob was a member of the Ironworkers Union and the VFW. He was a volunteer at the
Las Vegas Veteran's Hospital for a number of years.
Survivors include his daughters, Julie (Craig) Arends, Sioux Falls, and Kelly (Bruce)
Moothart, Kansas City, Mo.; three grandchildren; three sisters, Patricia (John) Vlcek of
Rapid City, Jeanie Muehl of Garden Grove, Calif., and Geri (Robert) Duval, St. Paul,
Minn.; one aunt, Ruth McPherson of Palmdale, Calif.; and one uncle, Harley May of
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; both parents; and one sister, Mary Jo
Robert J. May
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