Leon D. Royer
August 29, 1937 – November 10, 2019
Leon D. Royer
Age 82, of Woodbury, MN passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2019 with his wife and daughter by his side.
Leon was born on August 29, 1937 in Duluth, MN to Leo and Emma Royer. He had one younger sibling, Lance. He was a lifelong learner and lover of life who valued family and friends and enjoyed fishing, painting, singing, playing guitar, curling, golf, sailing and boating. He attended Denfeld High School where he excelled in track, field and football. He was an Eagle Scout and worked summers at Camp Laurie as Waterfront Director.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from UMD, during which time he met the love of his life, MaryAnn, to whom he gives all the credit for his success. They married and went to UND for grad school where Leon earned his Master’s Degree in Chemistry. After finishing graduate school, Leon and MaryAnn completed their family with the adoption of Paul and Michelle.
In 1962, Leon created the opportunity of a lifetime when he accepted a job as an organic chemist at 3M. Leon dedicated over 30 years there innovating, inspiring others with his out of the box thinking, revolutionary leadership and genuine caring. He had 2 patents and was the first person to receive The Outstanding Product of the Year Award twice in 5 years (Post-it Notes). He was interviewed by the top business periodicals of his time where his accomplishments were also highlighted. Later, Leon retired as the Executive Director of the 3M Leadership Development Center. He credits the man he was, to his many years attending silent retreats at Demontriville where he contemplated the meaning of life and the definition of love.
Leon was preceded in death by his son, Paul; parents, Leo and Emma; and brother, Lance.
Leon is survived by his wife, MaryAnn; daughter, Michelle; and grandsons, Noah and Maya.
Mass of Christian Burial Monday, November 25th 10 AM with visitation one hour prior at Guardian Angels Church, 8260 4th Street North, Oakdale, MN 55128.
Interment Guardian Angels Cemetery.
Lunch to follow.
Memorials requested in Leon’s name to St. Therese of Woodbury, Guardian Angels Church, or Catholic Charities (homeless program.)
Love you forever.
Wulff Woodbury 651-738-9615
- Visitation Monday, November 25, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, November 25, 2019
Leon D. Royer
Nina and Bob Kelsey
November 24, 2019
Mary Ann, We were so blessed to share many wonderful "wine and dine" dinners with you and Leon and the Keenes when we lived at Craft Farms. Those were special times with special friends, and memories of those days will be forever treasured in our hearts. Those evenings were never the same without you two!
We love you, and we will continue to keep you close in thought and prayer during this very sad time.
Nina and Bob
November 18, 2019
I worked with Leon for several years and just enjoyed being around him. I traveled with him and Morgan Tamsky to the Wharton School for a course in New Products. At the end, the professor said we could have taught the course. He was tough and intimidating but very fair and stood up to corporate pressure to fight for innovation. We exchanged emails and he loved a good joke. I'll miss him!