Robert Edward O’Leary, 56

Published 10:17 am Thursday, October 31, 2013

Robert Edward O’Leary, 56, of Austin, Minn., passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, of a brain bleed due to heart complications.



Bob was born June 18, 1957, the youngest of four children born to John and Etta O’Leary. He attended Austin Catholic Schools and graduated in 1975.  During his high school days, he started working at the former Oak Leaf Restaurant as a dishwasher, working his way up until buying in as a partner in the late 1970s – early 80s. Around this time, Bob married Janelle (Peterson) O’Leary, and in 1985, they solely purchased the Oak Leaf. Together they ran this operation until 1997. Later, Bob and Janelle divorced.

In 2001, Bob married Pam Nicholas, and continued to live and work in local restaurants, in Austin. Bob was a fun-loving, compassionate, hard working person with a gentle smile. He loved to golf-an activity in which he was gifted.  Bob also loved to read and watch sports with his son, Ryan.

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Bob will be sadly missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Survivors include his wife, Pam O’Leary, of Austin; son, Ryan O’Leary (Samantha Kiker), of Austin; daughter, Robyn O’Leary, of Faribault, Minn.; Pam’s children, Joshua, Erik, and Adam Nicholas; sisters, Charolette (Carl) Pink, of Austin; Jeanine (Wesley) Grandstrand, of Fridley; Jeanette O’Leary (James Bryant), of Minneapolis; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Etta O’Leary.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Friday.

Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.

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