Bill May was born on Aug. 5, 1952, in Roseburg, Oregon to Bruce and Carole May (Bringle). He passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2023, at his home in Roseburg.
Bill grew up in Sutherlin and he married Judy Atkin in 1971, together they had Travis and Amy.
Over the years, he was a freelance writer for various flyfishing publications and was a member of the Steamboaters.
Bill worked for Roseburg Forest Products for 30+ years and served as a union representative, a position he took very seriously. He had many passions in life including flyfishing, tying flies, mountain biking, distance running, music and drumming and shooting firearms with friends and family. His greatest joy, however, was his five grandchildren.
He finally retired in 2017 and spent much of his time supporting his grandkids, attending sporting events, UACT productions, marching band performances and choir and band concerts. Bill loved his weekly breakfast dates with his three local grandkids and looked forward to his visits with his two grandkids who live out of state.
Bill is survived by his son, Travis May (Jennifer), and grandchildren, Max and Izabella, of Omaha, Nebraska; daughter, Amy Holst (Bryan), and grandchildren, Caleb, Derek, and Addison, of Roseburg; sister, Patti Stephens (Dale) of Philomath, Oregon; brother, Bob May (June) of Craig, Alaska; brother, Curt May, of Klawock, Alaska; and his many nieces and nephews. Bill also leaves behind many loyal friends and former coworkers.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother Mike Hoagland.
In lieu of a memorial service, Bill’s family will be taking a fishing trip together. If you’d like to remember Bill in a way he’d appreciate, you can do so by treating a loved one to breakfast, sharing music with someone, going to a concert, watching your grandkids do what they love, telling others you love and are proud of them, spending time with dear friends, going shooting and/or flyfishing the North Umpqua (unless you’re from out of state, then he doesn’t want you on the North Umpqua.)
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