May 16, 1947 - June 5, 2016

Leo P. Nelson "Papa Leo", age 69, of Painesville passed away peacefully at Homestead II Sunday, June 5, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was born May 16, 1947 in Brainerd, MN, the first son of the late Hilding "Bill" and Rita Nelson. He graduated from Brainerd High School in 1965 and joined the Marine Corps on February 16, 1966 remaining state side in bulk fuels until he was Honorably Discharged on February 15, 1968. Leo then worked his way into the Cleveland area settling in Painesville and worked at Trio Prescioneering as a machinist for 37 years before retiring in 2012. Papa enjoyed his family farm, his grandchildren, gardening, cooking, shooting pool, wood working, fishing, horse pulls, auctions, and being with his family. He is greatly missed by Joyce, his wife of 23 years; children, Michael (Rachele) Burkett, Matthew (Arlene) Burkett, and Melissa (Dean) West; 8 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren; siblings, Iris (Steve) Shively, William (Sue) Nelson, Ed (Gayle) Nelson, Rosanne (Bruce) Caughey, Ron (Barb) Nelson, Gloria (Rick Williams) Nelson; many nieces and nephews. Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Hilding "Bill" and Rita Nelson and brother, Duane (Mary) Nelson. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 25, 2016 from 2pm until 4pm @ Mr. Lee's 3564 S. Ridge Road Perry, Oh. 44081. Papa's journey home to Minnesota will be completed in July, 2016.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Hospice of the Western Reserve 5786 Heisley Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060