Gary Lee May

EAST PALESTINE – Gary Lee May, 65, of state Route 14, died from complications of cancer early Sunday morning, at UPMC Passavant Hospital, Pittsburgh, following a three- month illness.

Mr. May was born Jan. 19, 1948 in Salem, a son of the late Gale and Alverta Spooner May. He served as a Green Beret in the Special Forces during the Vietnam War and was a Purple Heart recipient.

He had been employed by Early International Sales & Service until his recent retirement in January of this year.

He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Mr. May May is survived by his wife of 32 years, Christine Figley; his special girl, Olivia Rose Lee Figley; siblings Jana (Scott) Grim, Jean (Mark) Maxwell, David (Bree) Figley, Ben (Carolina) Figley, Danny (Veronica) Figley and Heather (Israel) Lloyd.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Burial will follow in Crest Haven Memorial Gardens, New Waterford.

A military service will be conducted by the combined units of the American Legion Post 31 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4579. The family has asked that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Knights of Columbus, Reagan Council 1890, c/o Our Lady of Lourdes Church or the East Palestine Social Concerns. Arrangements were with the Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home,