Donald K. Nelson, 90, passed away Feb. 12, 2017, at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Westlake, Ohio.
Donald was born on Jan. 19, 1927, in Pipestone, Minn. Upon graduation from high school, Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1951 with a degree in mining engineering. Soon after graduating from college, Don was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean Conflict.
Once stateside, Don enjoyed a successful career with the Hanna Mining Company spanning 33 years. He managed mining operations in Minnesota; Capreol, Ontario, Canada; and Upper Michigan. Don transferred to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was promoted to vice president of international operations with the majority of his duties in Brazil and Columbia. Don, a lifelong learner, enhanced his career by attending the Columbia University International Business School.
Despite his demanding job, Don found time to be actively involved with his church and community. Upon retirement in 1988, Don lived a fulfilling life. He enjoyed spending time boating, traveling and playing golf. Don was an avid reader and wintered in Orlando, Fla. Most of all, Don adored spending time with his family.
He was the loving husband for 62 years of Joan (nee Arneson); devoted father of Steven (Karen), David, Douglas (Peggy Sue) and Lynn Pajak (Mike); cherished grandfather of Sarah Burney (Jeff), Brad (Jaclyn), Jaclyn Hafner, Marcus, Kassie, Robert Hafner, Tyler, Daniel, Maura, Ethan Cayton and Emma Kotila (Ryan); proud great-grandfather of Hunter Donald Burney; brother-in-law of Howard and Bette Jensen; and wonderful uncle and great uncle to many.
He was preceded in death by his parents Margaret (nee Davis) and Herbert Nelson; sister, Marilyn Ressmeyer (Paul); father and mother-in-law, Martin and Alma Arneson; brother-in-law, Wallace Arneson; and daughter-in-law, Lori Spence Nelson.
Funeral: A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 27993 Detroit Rd., Westlake, OH 44145.
Memorials: May be made in Donald’s name to Ames Family Hospice House (Hospice of the Western Reserve), 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110 or to the Alzheimer’s Association at http://act.alz.org/goto/donaldknelson or P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090.
Arrangements are with the Chambers Funeral Home of North Olmsted. (216) 251-6566. www.chambersfuneral.com