Robert Lee “Bob” Roach of St. James, Missouri was born November 5, 1930 in Cuba, Missouri to Lee M. and Leona Francis Sohn Roach and passed away Friday January 24, 2020 at the age of 89 years.
Bob, as he was known by his family and friends, grew up in Newburg, Missouri when the town was booming.
On June 2 1960 he married Ethel Irene Johnson. He then married Gloria Elliott on May 20, 1995.
He loved the railroad and worked as an agent for the Frisco/Burlington Railroad in Newburg, Missouri for many years and worked at the Rolla Depot for 21 years before it closed. He retired after 44 years of service.
He was very active in the community of Newburg and served in the municipal court and was appointed a Judge in the Traffic Court.
Bob served his country in the Korean Conflict in the United States Air Force. He was a decorated soldier with the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. He left the Air Force at the Randolph Air Force Base in Texas in 1955.
He continued active after retirement and volunteered at the St. James Caring Center for 10 years managing the Food Pantry. He also volunteered at the Missouri Veterans Home. Bob and Gloria were active members at the First Assembly of God in Rolla, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Leona Roach; first wife, Ethel Irene Johnson Roach; brothers-in-law, Joe Dees and George Baxter; sister, Vickie Aldridge; and one grandson, Allyn Roach.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Roach of St. James, Missouri; sons, Allan Roach of Springfield, Missouri, Mark Elliott and wife Lisa of St. James, Missouri and Bill Elliott Jr. of Lawrence, Kansas; daughters, Sharon Edwards and husband Dale of Cuba, Missouri, Holly Bushman of Cuba, Missouri and Susan and Richard Smith of Bativia, Illinois; sisters, Janet Dees of Louisville, Kentucky and Ann Baxter of Mesa Arizona; 10 grandchildren, Shane, Allison, Natalie, Madison, Courtney, Hallie, Olivia, Lauren, William and Jonathan; 10 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday January 28, 2020 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday January 28, 2020 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri with Pastor Chuck Whitmire officiating.
Hymns “In The Garden” and “Blessed Assurance” were sung by David Robinson with Sherry Hathaway at the piano.
Pallbearers were Dale Edwards, Richard Smith, William Smith, Johathan Smith, Scott Hayes and Ben Fadler. Honorary pallbearers were Shane Edwards, Mark Elliott, Carl Wilkinson, Ray Turner, Don Gillespie, David Bullock and Marlon Malone.
Burial was in the Rolla Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.