John Roach, Jr.

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John L. Roach, Jr., 78, of Belleville, IL, born September 3, 1942, in Axtel, KY, died Monday, May 17, 2021, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Mr. Roach served in the United States Air Force with tours to Germany, Vietnam, and Korea. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked at the St. Louis Post Office for 18 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Sr. and Eva, nee Henning, Roach; a daughter, Heidi S. Roach; a son, Tommy Roach; and a sister, Bernie “Bunny” McDaniel.

He is survived by his loving wife, Doris, nee Friedrich, Roach, whom he married on July 1, 1964, in Speicher, Germany; a son, Mark (Elizabeth Harris) Roach; three grandchildren, Heidi (fiancé Brandon Schaefer) Roach, and Adriana and Jack Roach; four sisters, Libby (John) Popham, Pat (David) Thomason, Susie (Jim) Camp, and Helen (David) Hayes; four brothers, Danny (Beverly) Roach, Earl (Shirley) Roach, Greg (Rita) Roach, and Mark (Tonja) Roach; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, or to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 2021, and from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, May 24, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL,

Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 10:45 a.m. Monday, May 24, 2021, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. David Darin officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

 

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26 Comments on John Roach, Jr.

John Fritsche said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2021 at 3:53 PM

Doris, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I just learned of this on your Facebook page. My wife Linda and I are praying that God gives you and your family the strength to get through these difficult times.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Herbert Nowaschewski said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2021 at 9:16 AM

Liebe Doris,Mark und Angehörige. Uns trifft der Verlust von John mitten ins Herz,doch wir müssen uns damit abfinden.John war für mich mehr als ein guter Freund,Bud oder Coworker bei der US Air Force in Spangdahlem Germany, Wir haben viele schöne Stunden in unseren jungen Jahren verlebt.Auch in meinem Heimatort war John gern gesehen.Our thoughts are with you. RIP John

  • Wittlich
  • Germany
Nowaschewski said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 9:43 AM

Onkel Johnny vom Flugplatz Spangdahlem war der beste Freund von meinem Papa...die ruhige sympathische Ausstrahlung von Onkel Johnny lebt in meinem Herzen weiter ... mein Mitgefühl gilt Dir Doris,Marc und allen Familienangehörigen. In Trauer Frank

  • Düsseldorf/Wittlich
  • Germany
Nancy Ryan Macklin said : Guest Report May 24, 2021 at 11:38 PM

Doris: My sympathy to you and to your family at the loss of John. Knowing John and being with the two of you as you supported the activities of Belleville Sister Cities, Inc., was always a pleasant. What a kind gentle soul! I will think of you as you grieve his absence. Sincerely, Nancy Macklin

  • Belleville
  • IL
Connie Barre said : Guest Report May 24, 2021 at 9:47 PM

Doris, What a wonderful Loving send-off for John today! As you sang Pie Jesus, I could feel the love between the two of you and the living Christ! May God to bless you with the strength to continue to do His work, especially through song!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Benita Whobrey said : Guest Report May 24, 2021 at 6:28 AM

Sending our deepest condolences to the Roach Family. We are so sorry for your loss. Duane and Benita Whobrey.

  • Venice
  • Florida
Dr. Otmar Allendorf said : Guest Report May 24, 2021 at 3:16 AM

Dear Doris, we are so sorry. Our thoughts are with you and your family. John was a wonderful supporter of the sister city relationship between Belleville and Paderborn/Germany. We’ll remember him for his deep friendship and hospitality. We’ll keep him in our prayers. Helga und Otmar

  • Bad Lippspringe
  • Germany
Heiner and Gabi Sprenkamp said : Guest Report May 24, 2021 at 2:22 AM

Liebe Doris, wir haben völlig überrascht von Johns plötzlichem Tod erfahren, sind mit Dir und Deiner ganzen Familie sehr traurig darüber und drücken Euch unsere herzliche Anteilnahme aus. Als Freund und engagiertem Arbeiter für BSC und die Freundschaft mit Paderborn werden wir John ein gutes Andenken bewahren. Möge die Erinnerung an viele schöne Stunden mit Deinem Ehemann ein Trost in schwieriger Zeit sein. Heiner und Gabi

  • Paderborn
  • Germany
Heiner & Gabi said : Guest Report May 24, 2021 at 1:02 AM

Liebe Doris , wir haben völlig überrascht von Johns plötzlichem Tod erfahren , sind mit Dir und Deiner ganzen Familie sehr traurig darüber und drücken Euch unsere herzliche Anteilnahme aus . Als Freund und engagiertem Arbeiter für BSC und die Freundschaft mit Paderborn werden wir John ein gutes Andenken bewahren . Möge die Erinnerung an viele, schöne Stunden mit Deinem Ehemann ein Trost in schwieriger Zeit sein . Viele gute Wünsche für die Zukunft Heiner und Gabi

  • Paderborn
  • Germany
Dr. Otmar Allendorf said : Guest Report May 23, 2021 at 4:31 AM

Dear Doris, we are so sorry. Our thoughts are with you and your family. John was a wonderful supporter of the sister city relationship between Belleville and Paderborn/Germany. We’ll remember him for his deep friendship and hospitality. We’ll keep him in our prayers. Helga und Otmar

  • Bad Lippspringe/Paderborn (Germany)
  • Germany
Jim Douglas said : Guest Report May 21, 2021 at 5:29 PM

Doris, We are all so sorry to hear of your loss. Kathy, my son Wayne, and myself were involved with the East HS German Club from 201 3-16 and sponsored a German boy "Bas" in 2016. We also helped you and John at the Oktoberfest 2015-16. He was a wonderful guy with such a warm smile. We will miss him und always remember him. Hope to help you again at the next Oktoberfest. -Ihr seid in unseren Gedanken und unseren Gebeten.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Pam Gaynor said : Guest Report May 20, 2021 at 6:10 PM

Doris I am so sorry to hear about your husband passing. You are in my prayers. I always enjoyed your stories of you and John’s travels. Miss seeing you each week.

  • Lebanon
  • Il
ALLEN WIGGINS NARFE CHAP 1019 said : Guest Report May 20, 2021 at 12:41 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Frank B Klostermann said : Guest Report May 20, 2021 at 10:33 AM

Doris, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, John. You may not remember me, but you did some translating for me, and gave me some helpful information on the Paderborn Sister/City Officials. I am sorry for your loss, and I hope you will continue your involvement with the Sister City Program. Best Wishes.

  • COLLINSVILLE
  • IL
Ken and Alice Mueller said : Guest Report May 20, 2021 at 9:29 AM

Doris, we are so sorry to here about John. He was so kind and friendly. The world will be a little poorer without him. Sending our deepest sympathies and keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Ken and Alice Mueller

  • Swansea
  • IL
Anita Elmar und Rosi Thiex said : Guest Report May 20, 2021 at 8:42 AM

Liebe Doris und Familie. Wir waren erschüttert und sehr traurig über diese schreckliche Nachricht. Wir wünschen euch allen in dieser Zeit viel Kraft und Stärke diese traurige Zeit zu überstehen. Die Zeit die wir alle mit John hatten kann uns niemand nehmen. " Hallo John machs gut wo immer Du bist und grüß Georg und Achim von uns.

  • Beilingen
  • Deutschland
Martha Jo Robertson said : Guest Report May 20, 2021 at 7:51 AM

Was saddened to hear of John's passing. He was always so nice to me and Gina. Please know that we are praying for you all.

  • Cloverport
  • Ky
Sebastian said : Guest Report May 20, 2021 at 2:28 AM

We‘ll remember John as a nice and friendly man who always took care of others. He had great stories to tell and I‘ll always remember him and Doris supporting young students from America and Germany. Thanks for the time we could spend together.

  • Paderborn
  • Nordrhein-Westfalen
Ruth @Lou Billhartz said : Guest Report May 19, 2021 at 10:45 PM

Doris, I extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. So so sorry. Lou &Ruth Billhartz

  • Belleville
  • Ills
Angie Prost said : Guest Report May 19, 2021 at 9:06 PM

Doris and Family, I’m so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with all of you!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Deborah McKinley said : Guest Report May 19, 2021 at 8:12 PM

I have been blessed to know John & Doris. Such a wonderful couple. I will miss seeing John and I will miss the conversations that we had over the years. He was a kind and wonderful man.

  • BELLEVILLE
  • IL
Larry & Linda Wessels said : Guest Report May 19, 2021 at 8:28 AM

In loving memory of John Roach Jr., "With deepest sympathies, we are so saddened to hear of John's passing and our prayers are with him and for the family. He will be sorely missed."

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Sandra und Wolfgang Peters said : Guest Report May 19, 2021 at 2:18 AM

Liebe Doris, liebe Familie ——völlig überraschend trifft uns die Nachricht von John‘s Tod. Ihr habt gemeinsam so viel erlebt, bewältigt und auch geschaffen. In Erinnerung an einen tollen, herzlichen und liebevollen Ehemann und Vater, möget ihr die Kraft finden über seinen Tod, aber in seinem Gedenken weiter zu leben. In Gedanken sind wir bei euch—-Wolfgang, Sandra, Franziska,Viktoria und Alexander

  • Bad Lippspringe
  • Germany
George H. Hayes said : Guest Report May 18, 2021 at 7:20 PM

I was shocked to hear the news. I have long held Johnny in high regard. Please know of my prayers of comfort for all of the family.

  • Smithfield
  • KY
Margaret Annunziata said : Guest Report May 18, 2021 at 7:03 PM

Doris, my heart is broken for you. While I have several warm memories of Johnny, my last one will forever be of the two of you dancing at Tiffany and Jay’s reception. Your love was inspiring, as it will continue to be. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Rutherfordton
  • North Carolina
Doris and Charlie Olah said : Guest Report May 18, 2021 at 1:53 PM

We were shocked and saddened to learn of John's passing, Doris. Our hearts go out to you in your grief. He was your soul mate. If there's anything you need from us, please don't hesitate to call. Sending loving condolences to you and the family.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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