Kenneth Justin Robillard, loving husband, father, and grandfather, 82, of Watertown, formerly of Kewaunee, was called home to be with the Lord, Friday morning, November 15, 2013, while at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek with family at his side.
He was born March 7, 1931, to George and Gertrude (Morison) Robillard, in Kewaunee. Ken graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1949 and went on to study business at St. Norbert College in De Pere. He graduated with the class of 1953 as a Green Knight, and in 2003, he became a member of the St. Norbert College Golden Knights (alumni of 50 years). While at St. Norbert, Ken was a part of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program and a trumpet player in the ROTC band. In October of 1953, he enlisted in the United States Army and served with the aviation engineers during the Korean War. Ken was honorably discharged in September of 1955.
On September 7, 1959, he was united in marriage to Darlene Ann Harmann at St. Mary Catholic Church in Algoma. Ken and Darlene were blessed with three daughters: Denise, Renee, and Michelle. Darlene died May 25, 1971. Ken married Brenda Hawes on May 21, 1982, in Jefferson.
For 29 years, he worked for Lindberg, A Unit of General Signal Corp., as a purchasing manager. Prior to Lindberg, Ken worked for Bucyrus-Erie Co. in South Milwaukee and Hamilton Manufacturing Co. in Two Rivers.
In Watertown, Ken was an active member of St. Bernard Catholic Parish along with his wife, Brenda. There, he served as a greeter, head usher, member of both the Cecilian and Resurrection Choirs, grounds committee member, co-chair of the Aspire Church Renovation Campaign, and parish council member. Ken was also a member of the American Legion Post 189 and Watertown Jaycees. His professional membership included the Milwaukee Association of Purchasing Management.
During his life, Ken enjoyed woodcarving and reading. Together with Brenda, he enjoyed traveling and camping, gardening and landscaping, music (both instrumental and vocal), and supporting his grandchildren at all of their academic, musical, and athletic events. Family was everything to Ken.
His love will live on in the hearts of his wife, Brenda of Watertown; his three daughters, Denise (John) Oimoen of Brookfield (and their children, Kristin (First Lieutenant Nicholas Edward) Remshak, Jenna, and Erik Oimoen), Renee (Todd) Huehns of Sturgeon Bay (and their children, Erik (Kathryn), Brock, and Christian Huehns), Michelle (Thomas) Madden of Milwaukee (and their children Mackenzie, Margaret, and Michael Madden); Brenda’s two children, Michael (Lisa) Hawes of Watertown (and their children Brad (Kara) Hawes and Madalyn Whelan), Amy (Alan) Bouressa of Denmark (and their children Dominic and Sydney Bouressa); sisters-in-law, Louetta Robillard of Green Bay, June Harmann of Algoma, Dar Harmann of Sturgeon Bay; cousins; nieces and nephews; and friends. He will be missed by his special cat, Kelsey.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Darlene; brother, Norbert (Delores) Robillard; and brothers-in-law, Cliff Harmann and Wayne Harmann.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2013, at St. Bernard Catholic Parish (114 S. Church St., Watertown, WI 53094) with Msgr. Daniel Ganshert as celebrant. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Friday from noon until the time of Mass. Military Honors will follow at the church.
Ken will be laid to rest Saturday, November 23, 2013, at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Algoma.
Huehns Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.