Rolla M. Beach Jr.

February 09, 1927 ‒ December 15, 2014

Delaware, Ohio

Rolla M. Beach Jr., age 87, of Delaware passed away Monday morning, December 15, 2014 at Grady Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born on February 9, 1927 in Holton, Indiana to the late Rolla Sr. and Anna (Hopton) Beach.  A graduate of Pataskala High School in 1945, he proudly served in the US Army in WW II.  As a stellar athlete in both high school and college, he earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Otterbein University, where he played football.

A member of The Greatest Generation, in 1952 he married his high school sweetheart, Loretta Camden. Together they shared 62 wonderful years.

A longtime area educator, Rolla taught in several high schools including Delaware Hayes and Marion Pleasant. Holding deep value for the diversity and inclusiveness of society, he taught occupational work experience. He coached several sports including football and golf.

Rolla was proud of his family, his students, and service to his country. Described as authentic and honorable, he was selfless in tending to the needs of his family and students. For many years, he managed the summer parks and recreation day camp program for the City of Delaware. He cared deeply for the community.

An avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Rolla was an even greater fan of his grandchildren, attending their various scholastic, athletic and artistic events. A great role model, he possessed an easy going nature and sense of humor that one couldn’t help but like. His dedication and interest to the needs of his students and love of family will remain his lasting legacy.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Loretta, children Rolla M. (Caryn) Beach III of Columbus, Rhonda (Jerry) Tyree, Randy (Brenda) Beach, Theresa (Ross Jr.) Carlson all of Delaware, and Jamie (Aaron) Eckhardt of Tampa, FL, grandchildren Catherine and Jessica Beach, Tristan Tyree, Brandy Duncan, Tommy Dadisman, Tanner, Jordan, and Shelby Carlson, Sierra and Keira Eckhardt, great grandchildren Dylan Horn, Alex Duncan, Aaron Dadisman, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters Gene (Russ) Johnson and Patty Jo (Harry) Mauger.

Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr., Delaware where funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday with Celebrant Don Lockwood officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Autism Speaks470 Glenmont Ave., Columbus, OH 43214.

Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this veteran and his family. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Mom just called and said that Mr. Beach had passed. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your entire family. Rolla was one of dad’s dearest friends and I have heard over the years many stories of fun times in their youth! I will bring dad to the funeral on Friday and ask that you hold onto your memories and your faith as will we. Blessings abound – Brenda & Darrell Starr-Jude (daughter of Kelly & Donna Starr)

  • Theresa and Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort with each other as you recall the many wonderful memories you all have made throughout the years. If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Love,
    Kim

  • Your family and friends share fond memories of Rolla. His infectious smile and personality were enjoyed and appreciated by those who were blessed to have known him. It was ” love at first sight” when I met Rolla and Loretta at Jamie’s and Aaron’s college graduation. I instantly knew Jamie was an answer to my prayers as were her parents: great people. I am honored to have shared life with your outstanding family and look forward with eager anticipation to wonderful days, times, and events. You have been, and shall continue to be, in our constant thoughts, prayers, and hearts full of love and sympathy for each of you. We intensely love each one and extend our condolences. Fondly, Marge Eckhardt Gillespie (and Richard and Granny Chb)

  • I was so saddened by the news of my good friend and landlord had passed last friday.
    I was out of town at the time. I got to know Rolly and Loretta pretty well in the last 6 years.
    What an amazing man, I’ll miss him showing me pictures of his kids and family.
    I feel your pain Loretta, take care of yourself. I loved you both.