He was born Feb. 18, 1948, raised, and educated in Indianapolis. A graduate of Southport High School, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Military Science from Purdue University and his Master's Degree in Psychology from Lawton Community College. During his younger years, he was a Boy Scout and attained rank of Eagle. He served 23 years in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger and retired at a Lieutenant Colonel. Following his military career, Roach was a teacher for 18 years in Acadia, Beauregard and Calcasieu Parishes. Once he settled in Lake Charles, he served at McNeese State University as the Commanding Officer with the ROTC. Roach enjoyed Mardi Gras, boating, water sports, and fishing. He was a devoted, accepting, and supportive husband, father, and grandfather. His greatest times were shared with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his sons, Michael Glen Roach and Matthew Wayne Roach and wife Christina, of Moss Bluff; brothers, Darrell C. Roach, Jr. and wife Brenda and Rev. James E. Roach and wife Oneita, of Bloomfield; grandchildren, Victoria, Channing, Alex, Samantha, Christopher, Tyson, Patience, and Laila Roach and Gabrielle and Dominic Myers; his friend, Lee English of Lake Charles; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Karon Roach; grandchild, Connor Roach; and parents, Darrell Christian and Fannie Mae Sturgeon Roach.
His memorial service will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel, Lake Charles, LA. Reverend James E. Roach will officiate. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the service time.
Words of comfort may be expressed at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net