Robert Roach(1930 - 2014)

Roach, Robert , US Army M/Sgt. E8-Retired, 83 of Orlando passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Born November 4, 1930 in East Liverpool, Ohio, US Army Master Sergeant E8 25 of dedicated service as a Medic & Licensed Practical Nurse in the Vietnam War. 13 medals including: Meritorious Service, Bronze Star, Army Commendation, Good Conduct (8 times), Vietnam Service & numerous others. He worked for the VA Clinic for 19 years before retiring. He enjoyed traveling, camping, gardening & playing games. Bob was a fierce competitor and passed his natural athletic ability and passion for wining on to his children. Bob enjoyed watching his kids play sports including baseball, basketball, softball, golf & weightlifting. He loved the Florida Gators. He was a proud Republican and passed on his patriotism & strong work ethics to his family. Laughter was the best medicine and he lightened the mood with his good humor. He was a very kind, loving & generous man that never forgot a person's birthday. His Mother (Hazel), Father (William) & brother (Richard) preceded him in death while his 4 sisters, Eileen, Hazel, Verna (Don) & Shirley all live in East Liverpool, Ohio. Survived by his wife, Rose, 3 children, Robert (Marsha), Theresa (Vera) & Shawn. Grandsons: Cory (US Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class-E5) & Aaron. Numerous Nieces & Nephews. Mercy Mestre and Her kids: Sam, Jorge, Mercy (Leo) & Tanya & Grandkids: Daindra, Jose, Christian, Lauren & Ryan. May God Bless Robert Van Ducen Roach. We thank him for his military service & love of country. May he rest in peace until we can all be reunited someday in heaven. Graveside service only at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL on June 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Wounded Warriors.

Published in the Orlando Sentinel from June 14 to June 15, 2014