Homer D. May


Homer D. May, age 90, of Warsaw, Missouri passed away Friday, June 14, 2024. He was born on July 17, 1933 in Tampa, Florida the son of Harold Drexel May and Meta Eloise (Sexton) May.

He grew up in Tampa and graduated from high school there. Homer enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and in his own words “flew fifty missions without a scratch.” After his honorable discharge he returned to Tampa where he received his bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in English.

Homer continued his work with the government as a border patrol officer in Harlingen, Texas for several years and then to Washington D.C. for the Office of Immigration and then finally to the Kansas City and Des Moines Department of Agriculture for the Office of Inspector General.

On October 10, 1975 he was united in marriage to his wife Sharon. They made their home in Denver, Colorado and later in Des Moines, Iowa, before moving to Warsaw in 1985. Homer worked for the Clinton Democrat and then the Benton County Enterprise as a news reporter covering the city board meetings for the Warsaw, Lincoln and Cole Camp communities.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Warsaw Elks Lodge, the Sierra Club and the Benton County Democratic Club. Homer loved genealogy, writing and being outdoors in the garden or mowing the grass.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Haeden Davis and his brother, John May.

Homer is survived by his wife Sharon, of the home, three children; Maren Louise Davis and her husband Robert, of Austin, Texas, Kathryn “Katy” May-Howard and her husband Robert, of Kansas City, Missouri and Netanya Sue Dart and her husband Jason, of Danbury, Connecticut, a granddaughter, Ariana Garrett and her husband Scott, of Austin, Texas, a great- granddaughter, Iridanyia, a brother, Alan May and his wife Pauline, of Tampa, Florida a sister, Joan Titus, of Denver, Colorado, a sister-in-law, Joann May, of Ocala, Florida, numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 21, 2024 at the First United Methodist Church of Warsaw. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral from 10:00 until 11:00 A.M. Memorial contributions may be made to Soup and More, c/o the Reser Funeral Home P.O. Box 910, Warsaw, Missouri 65355.