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William "Bill" Daniel Roach
(September 17, 1947 - July 19, 2014)

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William “Bill” Daniel Roach, age 66, of St. Patrick, MO, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his home, following a battle with cancer.

Bill was born September 17, 1947 at Burlington, IA, a son of Cecil and Marie Schiedeman Roach.

He married Rexann Yarolem on December 31, 1998 in Gorin, MO. In addition to his son, William Cecil and her daughter, Janna, they were blessed with two more sons, Daniel and Dustin.

Survivors include his wife, Rexann, of St. Patrick, MO; four children: William Cecil (Molly) Roach of Wake Forest, NC, Daniel (Brittany) Roach of St. Patrick, MO Dustin Roach (Jessica Johnson) of Cedar Rapids, IA and Janna (Mrs. Roy) Cline of Kahoka, MO; four grandchildren, Mishaylee and Thayden Cline, Mackenzie Rainwater and Jayden Roach; mother-in-law, Marlene Yarolem of Baldwin, IA; two sisters, Sharon (Mrs. Chuck) Hallett of Mt. Pleasant, IA and Mary (Mrs. Dan) Bagley of Ham Lake, MN; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Steve Yarolem of Baldwin, IA, Mike (Connie) Yarolem and Tim Yarolem, all of Maquoketa, IA, Paul Yarolem of Rochelle, IL and Jody Yarolem of Monmouth, IA; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bill was a 1965 graduate of Fairfield High School. He entered the U.S. Army in 1966, where he received two purple hearts and a cluster along with various other medals while serving in Vietnam.

Bill and Rexann raised their family in the Memphis area and moved to St. Patrick to be near their grandchildren. He was self-employed and a livestock farmer and enjoyed showing livestock with the kids at county and state fairs. He was a former Iowa FFA State President.

He was a member of the Kahoka Christian Church, the Southside Boat Club in Keokuk, the American Legion at Gorin and former member of the VFW in Kahoka.

He loved to play pool, water race dogs and was a huge Cubs fan. Being “Grandpa” was his favorite title.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Rev. Jim Campbell officiating. Burial with military rites followed in the St. Patrick Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the family or the donor’s choice.


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