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Ray E. Roach

Ray E. RoachRay E. Roach, age 68, of 70 North Union Street, Leesville, died Sunday morning, July 25, 2010, in his residence after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Born May 14, 1942, in Carrollton, he was the son of Mary Gallantin Roach of Leesville and the late Jasper "Jack" Roach.

He retired in 1997 as a crew leader from Fresh Mark Foods (Sugardale Foods, Inc.) at Canton, after 30 years of service to the company.  Ray was a very active member of both Ohio United Wagon Train and Ohio Mod Rod Pullers Association, and made many friends from these activities.  He was a U. S. Army Veteran during the Vietnam War, during which he served in Cleveland.

One of his greatest passions was working with the children as an advisor for the Guys and Gals 4-H Club in Carroll County.  Among Ray's other favorite activities, he liked to sharpen clipper blades for people and work with leather.  He took delight in working with animals, particularly his goats and mules.  Before his illness, Ray always looked forward to joining his friends for coffee and conversation at Dave's Diner in Sherrodsville.

In addition to his mother Mary Roach, he is survived by his wife, Rita McClure Roach, whom he married Feb. 14, 1981; three children,  Rayna and Matthew, both of South Carolina, and Rebecca of North Carolina; four granddaughters and two grandsons, Darci of Warren, Brandi and Christa, both of South Carolina, Amanda, who lives out of state, and Blade and Cutter, both of North Carolina, and a sister, Mrs. Ed (Darla) Cundiff of Bowerston.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Linda Moore, who died in 1985 and Twila Bake, who died in 2010, and two brothers James "Ralph" Roach, who died in 1987, and Carl "Butch" Roach, who died in 2008.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 11 a.m. in Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville with Rev. Roy Scott officiating. Interment will follow in Sherrodsville Memorial Gardens where the Carroll County combined units of the American Legion, D.A.V., and V.F.W. will conduct military graveside services. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made for the benefit of the family.  To leave an online condolence message, visit www.baxtergardner.com.

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