ROY JOHN ROACH, SR. 1/1/1933 - 7/6/2013 Roy John Roach, Sr., 80, passed away on July 6, 2013 in Apple Valley, California. Roy was a New Year baby, born on January 1, 1933 in Royal, Nebraska. He joined the Marine Corp at age 17 and served our country during the Korean Conflict. After serving 4 years and earning 4 medals, he was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. In 1955, Roy came to California and started his long career in the oil industry; retiring from GATX Inc. after 37 years. Roy met and married the love of his life, Ruth, in 1963, and remained married until her death in 1999. In 2000, he moved to Apple Valley to be closer to his family. Roy was very active and was a huge sports fan, staying loyal to his Nebraska Cornhuskers, but was even more loyal to any team his grandchildren played for. Roy will be remembered by his loving family which includes: Roy J. Roach Jr. (Butch) - son; Valerie Roach - daughter-in-law; Nichole Roach, Brittany Byrd (Donald), J.T. Roach - grandchildren; Chloe, Mariah, Donald Jr., Damian, Deven - great-grandchildren; and other extended family & friends who often referred to him as Shorty. Services will be held at Riverside National Cemetery on July 22, 2013. Condolences may be sent to Nichole at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published in the Daily Press from July 12 to July 13, 2013