Kenneth J May, Age :85

Sep 12,1935---Dec 07,2020



Kenneth (Ken) J. May, Lenexa, KS, passed away on December 7, 2020, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife, Jane, by his side. He was unable to recover from complications of COVID-19. A memorial service to honor his life will be held at a later date when family and friends can gather safely.


Ken was born September 12,1935, in Beard, WV and lived in Lenexa, KS, for the past 38 years having lived in Texas and Wisconsin previously with career moves. Ken was a graduate of Hillsboro High School and West Virginia University receiving his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Plant Pathology. His career was in agricultural product development and agricultural sales which required international travel and he traveled all over the world.


 He was very involved with his three sons growing up in Texas by coaching and managing Little League, Cubmaster and Scoutmaster and was involved in other community activities. He ran in the first Kansas City Macy’s Marathon. He retired from the agricultural business and being a man that needed to be fully active returned to work full time for a few years and retired in August 2019. In his younger years he was very musically inclined and sang professionally and in community actives for many years.  Ken was a Veteran having served in the Air Force and met his wife Jane (Pyles) when he returned from active duty. They were married July 5, 1959.


Ken was preceded in death by his son, Douglas, brother, David and parents, Hubert J May and Pauline Sharp May.


Ken is survived by his wife, Jane, Lenexa, KS, sons, Nick (Lisa), Chilhowie, VA and Brian, Kansas City, MO, 3 grandchildren, Zack, Lacey and Ashley; Three great grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Woodward, Plattsburgh, New York; Sandy Cooper, Delphi, Indiana and MaryAnn May, Phoenix, Arizona and many extended family members and friends.


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Andrea Dunn Apr 23 ,2021

Co-worker ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Mr. May was always such a joy to be around. He taught me so many things while I worked with him at NAPA. Always thought it was funny to tap my shoulder and scare me. He was an amazing man, he will be missed greatly. I wish his wife and family all the best and pray that they're doing okay!