|Michael J Roach|
|June 10, 1931 - October 03, 2015|
|Visitation: 9:00 am until mass time October 10, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church - Elkader, Iowa|
|Funeral Service: 11:00 am October 10, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church - Elkader|
|Interment: October 10, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery - Elkader, Iowa |
CMS (Retired) Michael J. Roach, 84, of Elkader, died Saturday, October 03, 2015, at his home. He was born June 10, 1931, in Elkader, to Leo M. and Julia (Quinn) Roach & grew up in rural Elkader. Mike received his education at the rural school where his mother taught & later went to St. Joseph Catholic School, graduating with the class of 1949. As a youth he was active in the Worth While 4-H Club & baseball & high school Basketball. He attended college for two and one/half years. He served in the US Coast Guard for 1-˝ years before he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1952 where he proudly served his country for more than 28 years. He served 2 tours of duty in Japan & 2 tours in Korea along with many other bases through out the years.
Mike was united in marriage to Patricia A Bergan on September 15, 1956, at Edwards Air Force Base, in California. Four children were born to this union. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1980, where he had earned the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. After retirement he worked as St Joseph’s Church for 15 years before retiring completely. Mike was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader and the local Lemka-Stendel American Legion Post #106 in Elkader. Mike and Pat enjoyed spending many winters in Florida. He enjoyed playing cards with family & visiting his children & grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Patricia of Elkader; daughter, Janet (Douglas) Whittle of Watertown, WI, daughter, Anita (Kevin) Potter of Washington, IL, Teresa (John) Schneider of Hortonville, WI; six grandsons, Jason Whittle, Andrew Whittle, Jacob Whittle, Daniel Potter, Nicholas Schneider, Matthew Schneider and brothers –in- laws & sisters –in- laws & many nieces & nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Michael, in 1981.