Noel J.W. Roach

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Noel J.W. Roach

Noel J.W. Roach was born on September 22, 1913, in Milan, Mo., to Samuel Roach and Susie (Mitchell) Roach. He died Friday, September 15, 2017 in Michigan.

He moved to Arkansas where he married the love of his life, Wilma Bennett Presley, on Oct. 14, 1938, in Pollard, Ark. Noel moved his family from Arkansas to Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1947.

During his lifetime Noel worked for Kaiser-Frazer at Willow Run, Argus Camera and National Life and Accident Co. in Ann Arbor. Eventually he got back into the profession that he loved most, working the soil of the earth with his landscaping business. In his retirement years, he built bird houses and planted them in his yard. Each one was unique and people often stopped to take pictures of them. Another favorite past time he enjoyed was pitching horseshoes where he won several ribbons and trophies. He also kept busy gardening.

Noel is survived by his dear sister, Doris Garver of Jonesboro, Ark.; his loving children, Neoma Robinson of Milan, Mich., Raymon Roach of Findlay, Ohio, Keith (Judy) Roach of Monclova, Ohio, and step-son Charles (Ruth) Presley of Adrian, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and special co-care giver Archie Boettcher.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Roach; a daughter, Louise Schneider; a granddaughter, Anita Bailey; his brothers, Jack, Loren and Earl along with his sister, Edna Potter.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Carpenter Chapel with Rev. Thomas Gwaltney officiating. Burial was in Washtenong Memorial Park with Nie Family Funeral charged with the arrangments.