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Derwin "Dude" Arnold May

February 29, 1944 ~ March 21, 2021 (age 77)

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Derwin “Dude” Arnold May, age 77, of Seneca, Oregon formally of Canby, Oregon passed away Sunday, March 21st, 2021 at Blue Mt. Hospital in John Day, Oregon. The family will spread his ashes along with his dog “Fred” at his favorite hunting grounds and at the Oregon coast in the Summer of 2021.


Dude was born in Tillamook, Oregon on February 29th, 1944 to Arnold and Beulah (Aspinwall) May. He graduated from Nestucca High School in Tillamook, Oregon and served in the Army for four years. He married Regina (Cantrell) May in Reno, Nevada on May 14th, 1993. Dude worked as an electrician and a mechanic for twenty-two years for Canby Utility in Canby, Oregon, retiring in 2005.


He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and softball. He spent approximately thirty years coaching fast pitch softball. He was a high school coach for the Canby Tornados, Molalla Indians, and the Canby Cougars. Dude also played a bit of slow pitch softball in his early years.



He was preceded in death by his parent, Arnold and Beulah May and one sister.



Dude is survived by his loving wife, Gina May of Seneca, Oregon; brother, Stan May of Cloverdale, Oregon; sister, Eleanor Shenk of Spokane, Washington; stepson; Matthew Kunzman of Welches, Oregon and stepdaughter, Zena Peik of St. Charles, Illinois.


Memorial contributions can be made to the Children’s Heart Foundation/ American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, Oregon.


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