Daniel Charles “Dan” May

August 06, 1940 ‒ September 30, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Everyone believes in something. Dan May believed it was time to go fishing. He loved to go fishing, not as an escape, but as a way to immerse himself in the world’s beauty and reflect on what was important. There was no losing in fishing: either he caught, or he learned and contemplated – either way it was better than work.

Dan made his last cast – after spending the morning on the lake – he passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2020 in Avita Hospital Ontario. He was 80.

Born Daniel Charles May August 6, 1940 in Mansfield to parents Charles Henry and Treva (Shoupe) May, he was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1959. A lifelong area resident, Dan worked 29 years in production with General Motors, and after his retirement, he worked nearly twenty years as safety services officer with Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course.

The best catch of Dan’s life was when he married Phyllis Bechtel on March 31, 1962. The two were blessed with three sons, and Dan modeled a strong work ethic. Dan was always working on something – always willing to help others – and could do anything: carpentry, plumbing, or fix anything. He was an active trapper (no raccoon, muskrat or fox was safe in trapping season), but nothing dared interfere with his Wednesday afternoons – when the Wednesday night fishing league held weekly tournaments.

Dan enjoyed gardening – and his harvest made its way to the kitchen. Dan was an excellent – and active – cook. His thanksgiving dinner meals, or homemade sauerkraut, or even his pigs-in-a-blanket were often accompanied by some of his home-canned vegetables. Dan took care of others.

He will be remembered for the exceptional care he gave Phyllis during her trials with cancer.

Dan is survived by his wife Phyllis; sons Scott (Jodi) May and Dannie (Billie) May all of Lexington, and Brad May (Kim Lichtenwalter) of Mansfield; grandchildren Samantha (Kelen) Waaland of Blacklick, Cameron May and Charlie May both of Mansfield; great grandchildren Macy, Maren and Dax; a brother Randy (Barb) May of Lexington, a sister Pat Anthony of Mansfield; and his canine companion Cooper, a mini Doberman mix rescue dog.

The May family will receive friends Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The May family requests that guests wear face coverings, and observe current health guidelines. His funeral service will immediately follow at 7 p.m. in the funeral home, with Celebrant Dave Roberts officiating.

Contributions in Dan’s memory to American Cancer Society or Richland County Humane Society may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the May family. Share a message of support with them – and watch Dan’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • Dan was a very caring neighbor trapping ground hogs and fixing things for me after I lost my husband. He will be greatly missed and my deepest sympathy to his families.

  • Phyllis, Scott, Dannie, Brad and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
    Bob and Kathy Mack

  • Our thoughts and prayers to the May family so many fond memories hope they see you through this most difficult time. Please let us know if we can do anything. Love to all

  • Dear Phyllis & Family,

    Was very sorry to hear of the passing of Dan. You’re in our thoughts & prayers!
    Jan Mast

  • Heaven gained an angel. What a wonderful person to work and fish with. My heart goes out to the family.

  • Phyllis, Scott, Dannie, Brad and Families,
    We are so very sorry for your loss of your husband and dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with Phyllis and each of her son’s and their families. If anyone needs anything at all, just let us know.
    Kathy Foust (McCown) & Tom Glenn

  • Scott, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May his love and good memories fill your heart during this time. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Phil Walter.

  • Phyllis, Scott, Danny, and Brad,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. May god bless you through this time and fill your hearts full of all the memories of years past. Dan was a special man to grow up along side of and to learn from. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mark May and family

  • Dannie,Billie and family sorry to hear of the loss of your dad .Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Jackie and Denny Nelson