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John Franklin RoachPassing: May 29, 2020


Celebration of Life


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ORLEANS – John Franklin Roach, 77, passed away Friday, May 29, 2020, at his residence.

Born March 5, 1943, in Orangeville, he was the son of Glenwood and Marie (Tuell) Roach.  He married Diane Lea Hawk November 12, 1977, and she preceded him in death April 16, 2019.

John was employed 30 years at Reynolds Inc., was owner of John’s Appliance Repair,  and a member of International Operators Union No. 181.  He enjoyed fishing, camping, and flying.

John was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post No. 250.

Bryan Keith (Bridget) Roach of Bedford
Johnna “Jody”  Faulconer  and Dale Clouse of Paoli
Barry Lynn (Polly) Roach of Tunnelton
J. T. Roach and Brandy Hulett of Orleans
Charlotte and Sean Scoggins of Orleans
14 grandchildren
  9 great grandchildren
Jim Roach of French Lick
 Michael Roach of French Lick
 Patricia Mattox of Orleans
 Glenda Farnsley of Sellersburg

His parents; wife; daughter, Sarah Roach;  and siblings, Anthony “Rex” Roach, Robert Dean Roach, Tracy Lynn Roach, and Sue Roach, preceded him in death.

Cremation was chosen with a celebration of life at a later date.

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16 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Alice Barrett | Mitchell, IN
    Date: August 14, 2020
    I was privileged with the honor of staying with John in his last days. He was always in good spirits, never grouchy or unkind. He never ask for extra duties and he never complained. All the kids where so grateful that I could help out but I am so grateful that God's plan was for me to be able to finally truly help someone. And John was so grateful, I never delivered a meal, or medicine or drink of water that he didn't say thank you. He was a good man who loved his children, he was a happy man and all his children where there to say good bye. I will miss you John, it was a honor to care for you. And a gift seeing the love you have for your family and the love they have for you.
  2. Guest: Deborah Sanders and Randy Pavey | Washington
    Date: June 5, 2020
    We are sorry that you lost your Dad,and Grandpa...Jim was a great guy. I am sure he will be missed, so much. Please accept our sincere sympathies.
  3. Guest: Darrin Dillard | Paoli Indiana
    Date: June 2, 2020
    I worked with john at reynolds he was one of the finest man i knew. So sorry for your loss
  4. Guest: Cheri Roach Thompson | Georgiana, Al
    Date: June 2, 2020
    Johnny was such a sweet soul... We use to go see the family when we were really young played till dark! Then as time passed and life happened, all of us grew up, married had children of our own. But after all of the years when we reconnected when I came to see him gathering information for our family history book it was almost as if we were kids again, and didn't live so far apart. I'm really gonna miss you Cuz', till we meet again.
  5. Guest: Terri Best | Elizabeth. In.
    Date: June 2, 2020
    He was the greatest uncle, I have alot of memories growing up. He was funny, loving, and strong. RIP uncle John you are loved and will be missed
  6. Guest: debra pixley | Orleans
    Date: June 2, 2020
    Many many awesome memories. Uncle John was a great man, I will miss him & always cherish the wonderful times with him. Love you Uncle Johnny.
  7. Guest: Terri Briscoe | Bedford IN
    Date: June 2, 2020
    Just thinking of all the wonderful memories you have with your parents. The memories say a lot about the legacy they left with their children, their spouses, grandchildren & I am sure siblings, Then to top that your dad served his country with honor. Share your memories& cherish them deeply. You all have big shoes to fill to pass all the beautiful, funny & probably even some aggravating stories to tell to keep the legacy going. You were all loved a lot & what a blessing that has to be. My thoughts, prayers & much love. ♥✝🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
  8. Guest: Barbara Clements | Paoli In
    Date: June 1, 2020
    Sending Prayers To the Family🙏🙏
  9. Guest: Amanda Parks | Jasper, Indiana
    Date: June 1, 2020
    Sending love and prayers your way. I am so sorry for your loss. You have a very strong family and I know you will all be there for each other. Try to always remember the good times and I know you've all had many. Find comfort in the Lord. He will help you through this tough time. ❤
  10. Guest: Wesley and Dinah Reynolds and family | Orleans, Indiana
    Date: June 1, 2020
    Sending all our love to each of you!! I always enjoyed talking with your dad! My heart aches for you all, but I'm so happy to hear he went peacefully with you all there with him. Your family is a strong one full of love. Continue those Sunday dinners and share lots of memories while making new! Love you all!
  11. Guest: Wilma Sermersheim Butler | Bedford IN John
    Date: June 1, 2020
    John and I went to school together at Orangeville . We were also neighbors and our families visited each other . So sorry for your loss.
  12. Guest: Grace Flynn | Springville, IN
    Date: June 1, 2020
    Charlotte so sorry for your loss. I know you have a lot of great memories. Love you.
  13. Guest: Marcus Roach | Paoli in
    Date: June 1, 2020
    Many good memories while growing up,strongest man I ever knew
  14. Guest: Karen Brown (Hobson) | French Lick, Indiana
    Date: June 1, 2020
    Prayers for my family's loss. Uncle John love ya always
  15. Guest: Joe and Donna Gehl | Orleans, In.
    Date: May 31, 2020
    So sorry for your loss, John was a good man. Enjoyed working with him on our projects!
  16. Guest: Lawrence County Cancer | Bedford, Ind
    Date: May 31, 2020
    We are all so sorry for your loss.