Robert Lee Roach

March 20, 1935 ‒ October 12, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Robert Lee Roach, 83, of Delaware, Ohio, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2018, surrounded by the love of his family.

Bob was born March 20, 1935.  He was one of eight children born to parents, Russell and Vola (Sovine) Roach, of Winfield, West Virginia.  Bob was always sharing memories of being raised on a farm and of the value of hard work that he learned at their family farm.  After graduating from Winfield High School in 1953, he joined the U.S. Army.  Following his military service, he was employed by a number of employers including Kaiser Aluminum, Putnam County Schools, and the Dodge truck factory in Detroit.  He later spent over 15 years working as a master brick mason – giving his special touch to many of the homes, churches, and businesses you still see in Putnam County today.  His longest employment was working 20 years as a heavy equipment operator and Superintendent for Cardinal Construction Company and Kessler Coals.

A self-taught musician and singer, Bob learned to play the guitar and steel guitar “by ear” and his talents were shared with many including several country western bands, his church, and many nursing homes.  He also was a proud member of Moose and Masonic Lodge, the Order of the Eastern Star, Shriners and the Lions Club, where he spent countless volunteer hours as a leader and entertainer.

Bob was loved by many and he had a large beautiful family.  He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Margaret “Peggy” (Stanley).   Bob also leaves behind his sister, Brenda Hudson, of Morgantown, West Virginia and his nine children – Patricia Keeling (Bruce) of Degraff, Ohio; Terry Roach of Ocala, Florida; Sherry Hart (Harold) of Destin, Florida; Perry Roach (Amanda) of Scott Depot, West Virginia; Robin Curd of Dallas, Texas; Dawn Renee McCown (Fred) of Cross Lanes, West Virginia; Rhonda Strean of Cleburne, Texas; Wendy Manning (Ted) of Ostrander, Ohio, Kerri Tomlin (Dave) of Delaware, Ohio.

He is also survived by a bevy of grandchildren.  27 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild to be exact.  True blessings indeed and he was proud of each of them.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Vola (Sovine) Roach; brothers, William, Carl, and Paul; and sisters, Arlene and Clara; and son, Jerry Lee Roach.

Memorial Service will be held Thursday, October 18, 6:30 pm with visitation one hour prior at Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 41 Hodges Road, Delaware, Ohio.

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The Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements

  • Our sincere sympathy and prayers go out to Peggy and family, Bob was a special man who loved God, family, friends and the Moose Fraternity and will be deeply missed.

  • So sad to hear of Bob’s passing. We always enjoyed his music. he was very talented in his music. he will be missed by all of us.
    Prayers for the family

  • Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to the Roach family during this time. May his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild continue his legacy of love and devotion. Much Love the Thompson Family – friends of Kerri Roach and Dave Tomlin

  • Sorry for your loss Peggy your in my prayers Bob you was always kind heart Rest High on that mountain

  • It was a joy to know Bob and to bask in the glow of his special presence. He could make repairing a lawn mower sound interesting and laud the many down-on-the farm stories that he could spin. A unique person who gave so much to life and now will enjoy his eternal reward.

  • My heart and love for you Peggy and your family. Bob is going to be missed by so many, he has touched a lot of people with his love and friendship. May your heart be filled with love and understanding.

  • Peggy,
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. How blessed I am to have known Bob and enjoy his beautiful music.

  • Peggy and family I am sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I will certainly miss that loving smile and beautiful voice. I am sure he is singing and rejoicing with the heavenly angels right now. May God comfort you and your family. Much love. Jackie Washington.

  • Peggy and family, our hearts and prayers go out to you on your loss of Bob. I so enjoyed getting to know you both during my visit to West Virginia in 2008 and then seeing you at the International Conventions. Bob always had a smile and a word of encouragement, always seeking to make life better for others. He was a champion for the children at Mooseheart and seniors at Moosehaven – thank you for sharing his life with the Moose fraternity. We are forever blessed.

  • When I think of my dear friend it is always with music. He sang so many beautiful gospel ballads. We will all miss his lovely voice and magical humor. I know he is now singing in Heaven with the Angels.

  • PEGGY AND FAMILY SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST Bob was a awesome person we all will miss him dearly.Moose functions will never be same without him there. Bless all of you.

    Sissy & Eddie Osborne

  • When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of every life he touched. Please accept our sincere condolences. My husband loved your husband. Thinking of you in your times of need.