Nelson Leck May

May 5, 1936February 22, 2021

Nelson L ‘Pappy’ May 84, of Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 22nd, 2021 of natural causes. He was born May 5, 1936, to the late Othor and Marjorie May of Wenatchee, WA, where a large portion of his family still lives.

Nelson was a one-of-a-kind character. He had a generous spirit sprinkled with a dash of orneriness, some would say a large dash! More often than not you’d walk away from an interaction with him smiling.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Akiko Morimoto May and his oldest son, 2D Lt. William May USAF.

Nelson is survived by his son Bob May (Cheryl); his daughters Cathy May Gailey (Al) and Debbie May Mattimoe; grandchildren Brittany Stalnaker (Trey), Kenny Gailey, Taylor Clutter (Susan) and Trevor May.

There will be a private graveside service for immediate family only on Thursday March 11th at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV.

For his family and friends far and wide, we hope to announce a stream of the service soon.


11 March

Graveside Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Palm Eastern Cemetery

7600 S Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89123


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Cathy Alfaro

March 5, 2021

Your dad was always so welcoming to me and never made me feel like an outsider. I remember how he always loved taking me or any of you to his favorite places, whether it was the golf course, the VFW, or just sight-seeing and he loved to show his family off to anyone he knew. He was so proud of you all! What an impish smile he had when he showed you a new trick or pulled a prank, haha! I have such fond memories of your dad and I will miss him dearly!

Maria Beltran

February 24, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss Debbie and family. Mr. Nelson was my favorite resident when I worked at blue sky. He had a great sense of humor always happy. My prayers and thoughts are with his family