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Jack L. May

Saturday, June 16, 2018
9:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Peterson Mortuary
212 S. Locust Street
Glenwood, Iowa 51534

Saturday, June 16, 2018
11:00 AM
Peterson Mortuary
212 S. Locust Street
Glenwood, Iowa 51534

Jack L. May, 75 of Silver City, Iowa passed away on June 12, 2018 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was born on December 12, 1942 in rural Glenwood, Iowa to Leo Dennis and Aileen Marjorie (Boyce) May.

Jack graduated from Malvern High School in 1961. He was united in marriage to Mary Jean Iwohn on February 27, 1965 in Columbus, Nebraska. To this union two children were born, Sandra and Michael. Jack was a steward to the land he farmed and raised livestock as well.

He was a talented, self-taught musician playing the harmonica and banjo in jams at the Corn Crib in Shelby, Iowa and Louisville, Nebraska. Jack loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His kind and gentle nature will always be remembered in the hearts of those who knew him.

Preceding Jack in passing were his grandparents, parents and father-in-law, Keith Iwohn. Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Mary May of Silver City, Iowa; children, Sandra Williams of Clarinda, Iowa; Michael (Janella) May of Silver City, Iowa; 4 grandchildren, Bradley Williams, DDS; Jeffrey (Ashley) Williams; Alyssa May (Shawn Wiser), Hallee May; 3 great-grandchildren, Easton May, Isaiah Wiser and Gabriella Wiser; a VERY Special Aunt Mary Bruce of Hastings, Iowa; sisters, Sharon (Larry) Hayes of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Mary Ann (Mark) Nightser of Papillion, Nebraska; mother-in-law, Carol Iwohn of Columbus, Nebraska; several nieces, nephews, extended relatives and many friends.

A memorial fund has been established.

Interment Silver City Cemetery, Silver City, Iowa.

12 Condolences

  • Dale & Diane Malcom Posted June 13, 2018 9:42 pm

    Mary, Sandy & family, Mike & family,

    There are no easy words for this heartache. Even if you prepare yourself for this. There is still a part of you that goes into shock when your loved one crosses over. We pray for peace for each of you. May the comfort of friends and family help bring you peace as we all remember and honor Jack’s life and spirit. I end with a favorite quote, she may have been blind but she had the wisdom of many.

    “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” ~ Helen Keller

  • GayRea Mulkins Posted June 13, 2018 10:16 pm

    Mary, Sandy, Mike and Families
    I was sadden to hear of Jack’s passing. I have been blessed to have known a sweet gentle man who touched everything and everyone with kindness. He was so talented with his bluegrass music and delighted Martha with his harmonica tunes. Something I will never forget. One thing about such a wonderful man is that he leaves his special touches everywhere. Don’t forget to slow down enough to remember and enjoy the memories he has left you. We are all blessed to have known him.
    GayRea Mulkins

  • Brenda Wederquist Posted June 14, 2018 5:58 am

    So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. I met him when I was working at Glenwood Veterinary Clinic and we had gone on a call to take care of his horses. Such a nice caring person who I am sure left many wonderful memories. May God Bless his family and friends during this difficult time.

  • Joe Farley Posted June 14, 2018 11:07 am

    Mary and family, I knew Jack only through our music interest and the Shelby pickin’, and only for a few years at that. His love of the old time music and encouragement has been an inspiration to me as I continue to enjoy my music interest, especially my mandolin. I feel so much that I am a better person for knowing Jack no more than I did. He was such a kindhearted guy. I felt warm and comfortable around him as I’m sure everyone did.
    His tenderness was certainly conspicuous. I will miss Jack greatly. May you find comfort in knowing that he represented what is right with people. Kindness, encouragement, fun, and enjoying life’s small treasures.
    We walk this way but once, but I feel his spirit will help guide me as well.
    Bless you all and be strong. My prayers and condolences are with you during this time!


  • colleen Gipe Posted June 14, 2018 1:52 pm

    So sorry to hear about Jack’s passing! Always enjoyed listening to his music! Jack always had a kind word and great smile. Doug and I are sending our prayers and sympathy.
    Colleen Gipe

  • Elaine Knight Posted June 14, 2018 2:04 pm

    Sharon, You and Jack will always have a special place in my heart, as we share so many Prarie Creek memories.
    Elaine Kahl Knight

  • Pat Barnes Posted June 14, 2018 11:19 pm

    Dearest Mary and family,

    My husband Mike and I got to know Jack and you from the Shelby jams and other music events in southwest Iowa. Jack was a unique and gentle soul, but one the world could certainly use more of. We are privileged to have known Jack.

  • Cindy Messenger Murphy Posted June 15, 2018 10:32 am

    My sincerest condolences to the families and all of his many, many friends. I met Jack when I started “town” school in 4th grade. He was my neighbor and my best friend’s (Mary Ann May Nightser) brother. Later he would become our school bus driver. I would see him off and on through the years that followed. This sweet, shy man had changed so much when we started going to Shelby to hear him and others play their special music. I’m not sure where the shyness went! 😉 Happy Trails to You, Jack.

  • Don and Jennifer Comer Posted June 15, 2018 12:39 pm

    Mary, Sandy, Mike and families. Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Jack was such a gentle soul with a great smile. Lots of fun memories riding to Sunday School with him or seeing him around Silver City/Malvern, always had a smile and a wave. He will be greatly missed. May you find comfort in the memories you hold. Don & Jenni

  • Judy and Kenny Nunn Posted June 15, 2018 5:05 pm

    So sorry Mary and family. I can only imagine what you are going through. I know your faith will help you.

  • Randy and Kathy Romero (Peckler) Posted June 17, 2018 3:05 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. I remember Jack from a long time ago when I was young but I remember him as being very kind and he had a wonderful laugh. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Deb & Terry Smith Posted June 19, 2018 10:18 am

    Mary, Sandy and family, Mike and family… sorry about the loss of a such a great husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa and a good friend to all who knew him. I (Deb) was out of town and could not attend. You have our deepest sympathy and love.

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