William T. “Bill” Roach, 96, of Liberty, MO passed away March 31, 2017, at Our Lady of Mercy Country Home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 13, 1921 in Baxter Springs, KS to Jack and Lula (Paul) Roach.
Bill graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, MO and was a decorated veteran of the United States Army, where he served in Europe during World War II. During his time in the service, Bill was awarded several medals and awards.
Bill spent the majority of his working career as a supervisor in the battery plant for Farmland Industries, where he retired on April 4, 1983. Following his retirement, Bill went to work for Jack Miller, where he worked part-time as a driver until the age of 89. Bill was very devoted to both his faith and his family. He was a long-time member of St. James Catholic Church in Liberty.
He married Helen Kahmann on November 20, 1941 in Kansas City, MO. She preceded him in death in July of 1999. In addition to Helen, he was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Mary Helen Roach.
Survivors include nine children, William T. Roach, Jr. (Carolyn) of Liberty, Jean Roach of Liberty, Joan Gibbs (Ronald) of Kansas City North, Robert Roach (Patty) of Liberty, Susan Winingham (Jewel) of Liberty, Rev. Michael Roach of Liberty, Janice Brimer (John) of Liberty, Barbara Still (Tim) of Houston, TX and David Roach of Kansas City North; 23 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
The family would like to thank the staff at Our Lady of Mercy Country Home for all of the love and excellent care Bill received over the last eight years.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be con-celebrated at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at St. James Catholic Church in Liberty, with Rev. Michael Roach as principal celebrant. The family will receive friends during a reception following the Mass at the church. A committal service with military honors will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Resurrection Cemetery in Kansas City North. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. James Catholic Church Building Fund. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Bill and condolences may be left with the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.