Myron C. May, 77 of rural Humboldt, passed away on Thursday evening, September 20, 2018 at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
He was born January 9, 1941 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Ronald and Verna (Torgerson) May. He moved to the Hardy area as a small child and received his education in the Hardy and Renwick schools, graduating in 1959, where he was active in sports and enjoyed working on cars and auto racing. Myron married Karen (Becker) Baer on May 5, 1962 at the Methodist Church in Mason City. They raised their three children, Kathy, Jerry and Barb and made their home on a farm near Hardy until 1990 when they moved to the family farm home near Humboldt. In 2010, the couple built a new home on the same farm property where they continued to reside. Myron played adult basketball and softball and managed the men’s softball team for Hardy-Renwick until retiring in the late 1970’s. He was a registered high school official and men’s fast pitch softball umpire and officiated and many area games, sometimes 4 nights a week. He also enjoyed his “national holiday”, golfing on Thursday afternoon with the same foursome for over 25 years and later with the men over 50 group on Mondays. He was proud to have two “Aces”, both in Florida, one in 1999 and one in 2009 – he was due for another this year!! He was an avid reader of farm magazines, watching farm programs, TV sports from golf to car races and RFD gospel music with Whispering Bill Anderson. He especially enjoyed the AgPhD TV program featuring classmate Ron Hefty’s son. Myron began farming with his father soon after graduation, later with his brother and nephew until semi retiring in 2003. He took great pride in mowing the acres of lawn around the 100 plus trees in the farm grove. He loved the farm and farm life, enjoyed seeing crops put in and taken out and always lived within 15 miles of where he was raised. Several times a week he and Karen would go for ride to see how the crops were doing. He was a farmer…..
Myron, Karen and family enjoyed attending stock car races in Iowa and Minnesota when the children were young. Later there were family fishing vacations at Leech Lake for over 30 years. The couple visited all 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as, Canada and Mexico. They maintained a winter home in Florida since 1993 where he enjoyed being away from the Iowa snow and cold. He was a member of the Hardy Methodist Church until it closed, then transferred to the Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt. He was a charter member of the Oakridge Golf Association.
Myron is survived by his wife, Karen of Humboldt, his children, Kathleen (Jay) Nelson of Renwick and his son, Jerry (Alice) May of Humboldt, his grandchildren, Staci (Matt) McCaustland, Holli (Bob) Bruce, Cassandra (Steve) Johnson and Adam (Katie) Dingman, great-grandchildren, E.J. and Mason McCaustland, Addison & Aubrey Johnson and Kayla and Victoria Dingman. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Barbara, granddaughter, Tiffany, great-granddaughter, McKenzie and his brother, Dennis.
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28th at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home and then on Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service at Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Humboldt. Memorials may be made to Unity Point Hospice or the charity of your choice. For more information please call 515-332-1321 or online condolences can be directed to