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Robert Leary 05/25/2024

Robert Timothy Leary, age 85, of Roberts, Wisconsin, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2024, at his home.

He was born to Edward and Lydia Leary in Red Wing, Minnesota on November 4, 1938.  Bob’s parents moved to River Falls in 1940 where they started Leary Construction and Quarry.  Bob attended elementary school in River Falls and graduated from Osceola High School in 1957.  As soon as Bob was old enough, he started driving truck for the family business and for many others as well.  In 1975, Bob started working for Orkin Pest Control and eventually starting his own company that he owned and operated until he sold the business and retired in 2021.  Bob was a leader of the Boy Scouts for many years, and he absolutely loved doing it.  He was also a 50-year member of the Moose Lodge.

Bob is survived by his wife, Rose; son, Mike (Shirley); and grandchildren, Tim and Elizabeth.  He is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Lydia; sisters, Wilda and Beth; brother, Pat and infant sibling.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place on July 20, 2024, at 12:00PM at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church (211 E Division St) River Falls, Wisconsin with a visitation beginning at 11:00AM.  Interment will be in St. Bridget’s Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Asa & Amanda Posted May 30, 2024 7:08 pm

    So sorry to see our friend of 67 year’s leave us,but also blessed to know he is at peace 🕊️ no more suffering Bob rest in peace now 🙏

  • Jim Dohnalek Posted June 3, 2024 9:51 am

    Bob Leary was my Boy Scout Leader in the 1970’s. He loved camping and canoeing. He taught us to enjoy the outdoors which has become a lifelong passion of mine. Fortunately, I was able to visit with Bob shortly before his passing and told him he was the most influential adult in my youth other than my parents. He was a great man.

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