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Sunset Funeral Home & Sunset Cemetery

2250 St Anthony Boulevard Ne, Minneapolis, MN

OBITUARY

Robert Jon Vuillaume

October 26, 1951October 18, 2019
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Robert Vuillaume, 67, of Arden Hills, MN, beloved spouse and father, died October 18, 2019 after a 20 month battle against cancer. Rob fought his disease with courage, strength, and comedy.

Rob was put on this earth to be Dad to his daughter, Ava, who survives him. Survived by his wife, Julia Melk. Born in Evergreen Park, IL. Preceded in death by parents Norman & Loretta Vuillaume. Survived by siblings Al, April (Ron) Bonnet, Richard (Judy), Lori (Mark) Paulson, and Paul (Deb) and many nieces and nephews. Also survived by lifelong friends who were like family, the McGraths.

A lover of vacation time, beaches, and water, Rob was happiest in his vacation shirt, at the Vuillaume family cottage in Michigan or Arbor Vitae, WI, soaking up the sun on the water with family and friends.

Join to celebrate Rob’s life on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Sunset Kapala-Glodek Funeral Home, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd NE, Minneapolis. Visitation will begin at 3pm followed by service at 5pm.

Memorials preferred to the family.

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Services

  • Visitation Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Lin Nelson

November 2, 2019

Red Wing Crew on the Mississippi August 2019

R.J., Pam & Kailey Newcome

October 29, 2019

How blessed we are to have known Rob! We will forever treasure his friendship and the many memories built with him, Julia and Ava over the years. There were countless BBQ’s, boat rides and tubing, drinks on one of our back porches, birthday parties, state fair visits, pumpkin patch outings, seemingly endless days spent in gyms cheering our girls in volleyball tournaments and, of course, the obligatory viewing of the legendary “Amazing Two” performances.

When we think of Rob, we will remember his gentle, genuine and unassuming nature, his great big smile, that twinkle in his eye when he laughed (which was often) and his amazing sense of humor. It’s comforting to know that all those endearing traits live on in Ava.

Our hearts are breaking, Rob. We will miss you!

Love,
R.J., Pam & Kailey

April Bonnet

October 29, 2019

"My Brother Tries To Make Me Laugh"
There's a children's book titled, "My Brother Tries To Make Me Laugh". It's about a determined brother who tries to make his stern and sad sister laugh. That's what Robert did every time our family saw each other and each time I called him. His humor took your worries and stresses away. Every day was a good day. Through his humor and love, Robert made each of us not just laugh but feel better about ourselves. What a gift that was of his - a gift that he gave to each of us who knew him so dearly. I will miss my brother every day, but I will always remember him with a smile on my face and a laugh in my heart. "My brother made me laugh!"

Lori Paulson

October 28, 2019

The story of the dimes..

Our father, Norman Vuillaume was a coin collector and enjoyed completing the books for each of the different denominations. Following our father's death, Rob found dimes almost daily either in parking lots, near his work, walking in the neighborhood. Everywhere he looked, a dime was there! He became convinced these dimes were messages from dad helping Rob cope with his grief. The dimes became a good luck sign as well.
Rob was certain that when mother was passing out the coin collection the following year that Rob would receive the dime collection to support his findings. However, Rob received the NICKELS. Despite his disappointment, the dimes remain lucky and a thought that dad is thinking of you. The tradition continues with Rob--when you find a dime, think of Rob--he is looking down on you with love.

Lori Paulson

October 27, 2019

My earliest memory of my brother Rob was when I started kindergarten and our mother forced Rob to hold my hand to school. He had held Ava's hand through the past twenty years. His caring smile will remain in the hearts of his family and friends forever.

You will be missed, love you, Lori

Karen Melk

October 27, 2019

It's difficult to explain the hole we will have in our lives by losing Rob. When he joined our family, he just made it even better. Rob made things more fun, more memorable. Uncle Rob gave my kids the best summers of their lives, through tubing, boating, and soaking up the summer sun. It's the little things in life that we will miss. Even just lounging around, watching TV, was fun with Rob. I am forever grateful to have had him in my life. One of my favorite memories is just how Rob & Julia started so many of their days together, having coffee and joking around. Another is hanging out in Rob's beloved back yard, having a beer and just talking. Rob's love for Ava is legendary, and it comforts our family to know that she received so much love from him, enough to last a lifetime. Rob, you were one in a million. Thank you for taking care of my sister and giving her so darn many wonderful memories to cherish.

Anne-Marie Feyrer-Melk

October 27, 2019

Madeline, Madison, Amara, & Anya Feyrer-Melk

October 27, 2019

We are really going to miss you, Uncle Rob. We will always remember the first time we went tubing on a lake, with Uncle Rob driving the boat literally all day. Our summers were never complete without holding onto those tubes for dear life as we whipped around. We’ll always think of you whenever we’re on a lake. Thank you so much for the memories. We love you.

David McGrath

October 26, 2019


My favorite recollection was a trip that Rob, Orv and I took to Missouri decades ago. We drove down in Orv’s Chevy SS over spring break to do some fishing. Rob’s savvy about boats and motors saved us from losing the rented Evinrude over the stern and into the impossibly deep water of Lake of the Ozarks. And his easy going disposition and sense of humor made it possible for three unaccustomed travelers to abide one another 24/7. No surprise, of course, to all of you blest to have known such a gracious and giving man.



Darlene and George Melk

October 26, 2019

A gentle man who spoke softly, but Rob always said things that were worth listening to.

He was patient and kind, and understanding of other peoples concerns, plans and ambitions.

We had many relaxing games shared with Rob when we came to visit.

He was a wonderful husband to our daughter, Julia, and father to granddaughter, Ava.

We will miss him terribly.

Forever Loved,

George & Darlene Melk

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