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Vets name goes on residents' store

"Listening to the words of praise from Washington Veterans Home officials as the home's gift shop and store became his last Friday left Bill May almost speechless.It's a great honor for me. I don't have much else to say, an emotional May said during a dedication ceremony in which he became the first resident to have part of the home named in his honor.May, 73, is credited along with former resident Armour Bolen for turning the store into more of a service-oriented operation. Managed by the home's residents to supplement their benefits fund, the shop has become a place to rent videos, make photocopies and send out dry cleaning since May and Bolen got involved.May utilized his experience as a businessman. He has a college degree in business administration, was a district sales manager for a San Francisco, Calif.-based company and was an area supervisor for International Shoe Co. in St. Louis, Mo. He also operated his own brokering and consulting firm.Bolen has moved out of the Veterans Home. But May, terminally ill with cancer, remains--and now has a permanent place in the home's history through the William R. May Gift and Services Center, where the merchandise includes specialty gift items hand-crafted by residents.May also has the respect of fellow residents. He's well-liked, and he's a true gentleman. This honor he's received is very fitting, said Jim Drucker, chairman of the Residents Council."

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