Leo Lisovskis of Osceola died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 11, 2019. He was 71.
Leo was born on March 19, 1947, in a displaced person camp in Hanau, Germany, as his family fled Latvia during World War II. He and his family immigrated to the United States a few years later and began their new lives in Nebraska. Leo and family eventually moved to St. Paul, Minn. He graduated from St. Paul Central High School, then enlisted in the United States Army. Leo served two tours in Vietnam before returning to St. Paul.
Leo met his wife, Dina Ozolins, while they were both studying art at the University of Minnesota. The two became best friends and quickly fell in love. Leo and Dina married in Minneapolis on Jan. 12, 1974. They bought an old log cabin in rural Wisconsin where they raised their two sons, Imant (1977) and Karlis (1985).
Throughout his life Leo worked as an artist. For 21 years, Leo also worked as a corrections officer for the Minnesota Department of Corrections in Oak Park Heights.
His enthusiasm and curiosity for all things gave him a rich life, filled with art, travel, history, nature, and countless loved ones. No one who met him was untouched by his gentle spirit. He will be remembered by all as a giant of a man with an exceptionally large heart, endless patience, and an unforgettable laugh.
Leo will be missed by many friends in the art, living history, and Latvian communities.
Leo is survived by his wife Dina; sons, Imant (wife Vanessa and granddaughter Maija), Karlis (fiancée Marlena); brother, George; sister, Ligi, and faithful dog, Oliver.
Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral home, Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.