Grover D. Roach

November 01, 1948 ‒ September 15, 2017

Mount Gilead, Ohio

MOUNT GILEAD: Grover D. Roach, Retired Army Command Sergeant Major, of Mount Gilead, passed away Friday evening, September 15, 2017, in Crystal Care Center of Ashland.  He was 68.

The son of Marvin and Marie (Ward) Roach, Grover was born November 1, 1948, in Galion.

An American patriot and Vietnam War veteran, Grover proudly served in the United States Army.  Inducted on February 6, 1969, he retired from the military and was honorably discharged February 28, 1991, with the rank of Command Sergeant Major.

Grover enjoyed trap shooting, rodeos, and cooking.  He loved absolutely anything and everything about horses.  On any given day, Grover could be found working on his prized 1966 Chevy El Camino.

He is survived by his children Dawn (Tim) Schuster of Amherst, son John Roach of Columbus, Wisconsin, and daughter Kasey Roach of Madison, Wisconsin; stepdaughter Megan (Kyle) Hensen of Waunakee, Wisconsin; grandchildren Brandon and Brittany Pletsch, and Koltyn and Hoyt Hensen; great-granddaughter Arya Wallace; brother Douglas (Ruth) Roach of Mount Gilead; along with nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lou Roach and brother’s Marvin and Teddy Roach.

Graveside services will be Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 11 am in Oak Grove Memorial Park.  Military honors will be performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.  A life celebration reception will immediately follow at the VFW Post 5101, 3577 St. Rt. 42, Lexington, Ohio 44904.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is assisting the Roach family with cremation services.

In Grover’s memory, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758561, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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  • We have missed seeing Grover around the London WI area since he moved. Pray that you find peace knowing Grover always talked about his loved ones whenever we chatted. He did things the Grover Way and that was just fine with him, like it or not…..
    I will hold him in my heart forever.

    Darcy Julseth

  • Thinking and praying for you that you may find comfort knowing that he is at peace. Love yoo
    Jean & Rick Kohls.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of transition. I’m sorry for your loss. I enjoyed our conversations.

  • So sorry for your loss John and family. Glad we got to see him when he was here last! Our thought and prayers are with you all!
    Pat and Wayne Wollin

  • John and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss! I enjoyed knowing Grover so much. He was funny, he was stubborn, he was a good friend, a true character in all the best ways. You’re all in my prayers. Steve (Soddy) sends his condolences as well. Please take care.

    Michelle Dresser

  • Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Grover. Grover, you will be sadly missed. There were always fun times to be had when you were around, and I don’t think I ever saw you without a smile on your face. R.I.P., now you will ride among the heavens,

  • Grover was truly one of the happiest people I ever remember meeting. Always smiling, always ready to help with any issue with our horses. Our deepest condolences to John and the rest of the family. Sierra Vista was empty when you left. Our hearts are empty now that you have left this world. Rest in paradise Grover.

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of your father John. Also wish to extend condolences to the entire family. I only had the pleasure of meeting Grover a couple of times. He had a knowledge of horses that he shared with me. Giving me pointers on a couple of things. He will be greatly missed by his entire family. God Bless.

  • Doug, so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my brother, Richard, last month and even though you know they won’t or can’t get better, it still leaves a heavy heart. You are in my prayers.

  • Dawn, John, Megan, and Kasey, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. He was a truly remarkable person that I had the honor and privilege to know and call my friend. I have an empty place in my heart with his loss. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Frank Hiergeist

  • We have many fond memories of your family from the Sierra Vista years! Grover was a joy to be around, full of information, lots of fun, and very easy to be with. We appreciate having those years with you all. Blessings to you.

  • I am at a loss for words, I guess the good always go too soon, or so it seems. Never one to disappoint and he was in service to others day in and day out. A great smile when happy and you knew when he wasn’t still he always had a strong, kind, respectful manner about him. He loved to tell me about his grandbabies, what his kids were up to, details about his vehicles and lots of memories that revolved around horses. I only knew Grover for a few years but he had such a positive impact and his loss is great. My deepest sympathies to those that loved him most. Rest in Peace CSM.

  • Doug and Ruth, please acccept my deepest sympathies. I met Grover several times years ago. Esther Lytle-Hacker