Walter P. May, a lifelong Buffalo resident and retired engineer, died unexpectedly Wednesday in his home. He was 85.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. May served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and a Distinguished Unit Badge for his service in India and China.
He obtained his bachelor of science degree in engineering from Canisius College, then worked as an engineer for Bell Aerospace for 35 years until retiring in 1982. As a Bell engineer, he worked on the rocket thrusters for the first manned mission to the moon.
After retirement, he enjoyed doing repair work around the house.
Survivors include his wife, the former Bette Baumler; three daughters, Maryann Gordon of Big Pine Key, Fla., Suzanne E. May-Bardo of Amherst, and Elizabeth O'Connor of Lake View; three sons, Richard C. of Buffalo, James W. of Amherst and Joseph E. of Amherst; and seven grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mark's Catholic Church, 401 Woodward Ave. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.