Donald E. Roach, II

December 23, 1945 ‒ February 16, 2021

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Donald E. Roach, II, 75, of Mt. Gilead, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at home unexpectedly.

Born December 23, 1945 in Galion, he was the son of Donald E. Roach, Frances (Arndt) Geyer and the father that raised him, Mirrel A. Geyer.  He married Dalene L. (Roesch) Roach on December 29, 1968 and she survives.

He was a graduate of Mt. Gilead Exempted Village Schools and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Of all things in life, Donald loved spending time with and being surrounded by his family.  He treasured his wife, Dalene, the love of his life, for over 52 years and hated to be apart from her for any amount of time.  Any time he could spend with his son and daughter and their families provided him with so much joy.  When he couldn’t be with them physically, he would always tell someone else to provide his hugs and kisses for him.  He held a very special place in his heart for his granddaughter Katelyn.  He couldn’t wait to see her and enjoyed playing games, looking at pictures, and spent endless hours watching and talking to her through FaceTime when they couldn’t be together.

He was a member of the Iberia United Methodist Church and had been actively involved in many organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and the Lion’s Club.  He was an EMT with the Iberia Volunteer Fire Department for many years. Donald had been an avid skier and was part of the Clear Fork Ski Patrol for more than 25 years.

Donald began working at HPM in Mt. Gilead before graduating from Mt. Gilead High School in 1965.  He continued to work there as electrical specialist for 36 years, until HPM’s closure.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Amy Dyanne (Cory) Miley and Kevin Michael (Chris) Roach; grandchildren, Katelyn T. Miley and Jordon Leslie; Brother, Grover Geyer; sister, Zella Marie Geyer and step sisters, Judy Washington, Sharon Teschler and Nancy Schmitzer.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 22, 2021 at Iberia United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Jan Sprague, Rev. Ash Welch and Rev. Bill Sowers officiating. Burial will follow at the Iberia Cemetery.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and the Morrow County Veterans Honor Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Iberia United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Don Roach, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Grover and Zealand Marie,, I am so sorry for your loss of your brother. I pray God brings you and his wife and family comfort.

  • Grover, zellamarie and Darlene,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Don will be a great loss in the family. I will miss his great smiles.

  • Darlene, so very sorry to read about Don. I remember his great sense of humor and his lover for you. Sending hugs, love and prayers to you, Amy and Kevin.

  • Darlene, so very sorry to read about Don. I remember his great sense of humor and his love for you. Sending hugs, love and prayers to you, Amy and Kevin.

  • Dalene, Amy and Kevin and families:

    We are so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. I (Debbe) will always remember the fun times I had with Don on our numerous squad runs together. He was a good man and will be missed.

    Larry and Debbe Steinhilber

  • Dalene,Amy,Kevin (and family)
    We am sorry to hear of Don’s recent passing. Keep a hold of all the memories & special things that he done for each of you and those memories and the littlest things will help each of you through these trying times and devastation. You all will be in our thoughts.
    Kerri Needels (and the Garverick Family)

  • to a very special person, Dalene ,sorry to hear about Donald, At least he is at peace and may God be with you. To you and your Family our prayers are with you. call me please if you need anything Love you.

  • To Dalene and all of Donald’s family—Please accept my heartfelt, sincere sympathy. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you mourn his death. May God give you strength and peace in the days ahead.

  • Amy and Dalene and families ,
    My deepest sympathy to all. Praying for peace and that you will feel God’s love throughout the coming days.

  • Sorry to hear of Donald’s passing. We used to play together as kids in Edison. I have thought of him quite often over the years. If you or your family need anything contact Dan and he will contact me. I now live in Idaho. Miss him and you. Love you all.

  • Wow I am so saddened to hear about the loss of Don. He was always so kind. I remember how much he loved you Dalene and how much he adored you Amy and Kevin. Love to all of you.

  • We are so sorry for your lost, We will keep your whole family in our thoughts and prayers. Donald was an amazing person with a big heart and a great big smile. My daughter and I have amazing memories of our time with you all. God Bless you all…

  • Dalene and family

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to everyone, we are sorry to hear of Don’s passing to be with his Savior. Know you all are surround with love. Peace and comfort be with you.

  • All my prayers and sympathy to you, I have many good memories.
    May God grant you peace and comfort in the days to come.
    God Bless,

  • Dear Roach family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. He was my favorite passenger during Ski Patrol toboggan training, a great cheerleader and mentor for all of us junior patrollers, and a cherished member of the patrol family. When I saw him at the patrol reunion a few years back, the conversation was so easy to start back up as he talked about his favorite subject…his family. He always was so proud of you all. I know he’s enjoying the slopes on the other side without a hat of course.
    God bless,
    Jenny Rose Gatchall

  • I remember as kids and I tell this story offen. If memory serves me right. Donald’s grandparents lived by them and a pet crow.
    Donald’s mother called for him enough the crow learned to say Donald’s name. The crow constantly yelled Donald, Donald.


  • We are so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories from the Cub Scouts and have enjoyed many visits with Kevin and Chris in the past few years. So sorry we are out of town and unable to attend. Keeping the family in our prayers.

  • I came on the Ski Patrol shortly after Don. There were those who kind of ignore the new guy and there are those who make you feel welcome. Don was the latter. A laid back, easy going fellow who will be missed.

  • I worked around Don for many years H P M, he was always in a good mood and did his job.Sorry to hear of his passing.

  • Your family has our deepest most heartfelt sympathy, and condolences. I knew Don my whole life. Uncle Don to me. He sure was one of a kind. Ornery as they come, and was not afraid to speak his mind when needed. Thanksgivings will never be the same without you. You will be sadly missed. RIP Uncle Don. From our family, Wilma, Barbie, Craig Allen, and the Klee’s, Ashlea, Dillion, Ellianna, and Arabella.


  • Dalene,
    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing, I will also remember his sense of humor. Thoughts of you, the kids & grands at this time. You are all in our prayers.

    Ed & Carol Sickmiller