James Isaac Roach, age 92, died at Laurels of Norworth in Worthington, on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Jim was born November 18, 1919 in Columbus, to Earl Roach and H. Oleta (Coates) Roach.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 67 years, (Alma) Louise Roach on June 6, 2009; grand-daughters, Denise Powell and Corine Michelle Harlow; and his sister, Betty Ann Beynon. He is survived by his daughter, Janice Lang of Powell; his daughter and sonin law, Myrna and Bob Butler of Reynoldsburg; grandchildren, Kim (Ray) Jerome, Shelly (Ken) Kreager, Dr. James (Frank) Harlow and Lisa (Ron) Day; nine great-grandchildren; two greatgreat grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Jim and Louise spent numerous years raising their daughters at Buckeye Lake. They then moved to Circleville and Hollywood, Florida, before settling into their retirement years in Reynoldsburg. He was a past president of the Buckeye Lake Fraternal Order of Eagles; local commander of the American Legion Post; and a captain with the Buckeye Lake Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the fire department in 1935 when he was 16 years old. He was instrumental in raising funds to purchase the first emergency squad which was an old Wonder bread truck. He was one of the three surviving captains serving as Co-Grand Marshals for the 1998 Fire Prevention Parade. He was a Tec Sgt, Company D, 263rd Infantry Division during World War II.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to his friend, Mark Helser; and his niece, Rebecca Erdeljac for her loving care and support. Funeral services were January 16, 2012, at Cotner Funeral Home, Reynoldsburg, conducted by Rev. Marty Dennis of the Reynoldsburg Nazarene Church where Jim and Louise were members. Burial followed at Glen Rest Memorial Estate. The family requests contributions to Reynoldsburg Nazarene Church at 1340 Crest Street, Reynoldsburg, Oh 43068 in his memory. Messages may be sent to his family by visiting www.cotnerfuneralhome.com