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Edward Lawrence Roach Jr., 90, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City. Ed was born on Saturday, Sept. 3, 1927 to the late Marguerite Rosalie (Fontana) and Edward Lawrence Roach Sr. in Detroit.
Ed served our country in the U.S. Navy.
On Saturday, April 19, 1952 in Detroit, he married the former Barbara Kay Wheeland.
Ed and Barbara made their home in the Detroit area, where Ed was employed by General Motors as a photographer in the safety and research department.
Ed was a very active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Traverse City, where he served on the council and was a counter. He also belonged to the Men's Club, enjoyed working on the pancake breakfasts and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Ed was a Munson volunteer for more than 15 years and also volunteered at the Traverse Area District Library assisting in repairing tapes.
He enjoyed working on his investments, his photography and fishing.
Ed is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara; children, Lawrence (Sandra) Roach, of Southgate, Suzanne Morrison, of Traverse City, Thomas (Kitty) Roach, of Ypsilanti, Karen (Dillard) McBride, of Manton, and Mary Beth (Charles Gray) Roach, of Lincoln Park; and grandchildren, John Scott Morrison, Sarah Sladek, Mary Roach, Kristina Wears, Meggie Roach, Ysabel McBride, Telsa McBride and Phoebe McBride. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren and a daughter-in-law, Beth Roach, of Auburn Hills.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kevin; a brother, James; and sister, Rosemary.
Visitation will take place Monday, Jan. 15, from 5 until 7 p.m., with the rosary prayed at 7 p.m. by Deacon Rene Hoenscheid, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Visitation will take place at St. Patrick Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, followed by the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Father Greg McCallum will preside.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Please share your memories of Ed with his family by visiting his online tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on January 14, 2018
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