Leo was born March 2, 1937 in Minneapolis, to Leo and Laura (Golitko) Robillard. He was raised in Northeast Minneapolis and graduated from De La Salle High School in 1955. Leo served his country honorably aboard the Destroyer, U.S.S. Vesole. He wed a high-school sweetheart, Joanne Laudenslager, on Aug. 12, 1961. They made their home on Architect Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis for 46 years, where they raised six children amongst a circle of close-knit friends and neighbors. Leo was the owner-operator of Robillard Office Machines for 30 years. When they retired, they moved to Isanti to be close to family. Leo was devoted to his Holy Catholic faith. He was a loving, compassionate husband and father. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping and hiking. He liked gardening and cooking. Leo also loved music, enjoying genres from blue grass to opera. He was a hard worker, and loved to “tinker” … a regular “Mr. Fixit” and was always eager to help neighbors and friends. He supported his children in their many endeavors in academics and sports. He liked to talk politics and religion. He taught us to live, love, laugh, play, and pray. He will be remembered for his loving kindness and ready smile.
Leo is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Joanne; six children, John (Sharron) Robillard of Zimmerman, Anne (Brian) Beaufeaux of Cambridge, Gregory (Kristi) Robillard of Owatonna, Laura (Tony) Tripicchio of Hudson, Wisconsin, Catherine (Dan) Lamey of Minnetonka, and James (Amy) Robillard of North Branch; one sister, Jane Erickson, of St. Anthony; two sisters-in-law, Mary (John) Althen of Richfield, and Carol Schumacher of Brooklyn Center; 19 grandchildren, Danielle, Justin and Alex Robillard, Gabriel (Sierra), Nathanael, Emily, and Hannah Beaufeaux, Brent Armstrong, Thomas and Lucas Robillard, Daniel and Stephen Tripicchio, Gavin and Hallie Lamey and Sydney, Aaron, Ashley, Samuel and Jacob Robillard; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; by two brothers, Howard and John Todd; sister-in-law Florence Todd; and brothers-in-law, George Erickson and Joseph Schumacher. Leo’s family sincerely thanks GracePointe Crossing Gables West and Guardian Angels Hospice for their tender and loving care for Leo over the past five years.
Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of Leo’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Isanti with Father Jose Edayadiyil as Celebrant, and soloists Joni Nelson and Hannah Beaufeaux. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Pallbearers are Brent Armstrong, Gabriel and Nathaniel Beaufeaux, Daniel and Stephen Tripicchio, Justin and Alex Robillard. Interment is in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements were with Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.