Romaine G. Robillard, 86

Grafton resident Romaine G. Robillard died Friday, Oct. 26, at Horizon Hospice in Mequon, where he was transported the previous day.

Mr. Robillard, who was known locally as "Robie," was 86. He was born on May 23, 1926, in Eau Claire, the son of Godfrey and Hazel Robillard.

Robie is survived by his five children, Richard (Christine) of Simpsonville, S.C., Susan of Grafton, Michael of Chicago, Thomas (Lorie) of Grafton and John (Barbra) of Wheaton, Ill.; grandchildren, Brett (Melanie), Heidi, Kelly (Ken), Dan, Erin, Ben and Elizabeth; and great-grandchildren, Hayley, Abigail and Brady. He is further survived by his elder sister, Lorraine of Eau Claire.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mary Janet.

Robie graduated early from St. Patrick’s High School (Eau Claire) in 1944 to enlist in the navy at 17. He trained in electrical maintenance at U.S. Naval Training School – Purdue and served honorably on the USS Oglala electrical maintenance ship in Leyte Gulf (Philippines), returning stateside in 1946.

He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Janet Roach, on May 1, 1948, in Eau Claire. They moved to Milwaukee in 1954 and Grafton in 1956. His life work was as an electronic technician with AC Electronics a subsidiary of General Motors/Delco, building micro- miniature devices used in guidance systems including NASA-sponsored work for the Mercury/Gemini/Apollo space programs.

Robie was an avid sportsman, hunting, fishing, camping and canoeing Canadian rivers as well as competing for many years in softball, bowling, archery and golf.

After retirement, and while caring for his wife, Mr. Robillard became a skilled golfer, assembling his own clubs and playing weekly with a goal, frequently met, of "playing his age." Robie enjoyed music, electronic gadgets, hearing people’s stories, trying new food and the weekly Sunday night dinner with his family.

He was privileged and proud to be included on the May 2, 2010, Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans. He was a member of the American Legion North Shore Post 331, Shorewood, and the VFW Post 305, Eau Claire. He and Janet were active members of St. Joseph Church and School in Grafton.

Mueller Funeral Home in Grafton is assisting the family. For online condolences and to view Robie’s video please visit