Marcus Roach Obituary

Marcus Francis Roach
Marcus Francis Roach

March 30, 1925 - February 9, 2006
Born in West Union, IA
Resided in Urbandale, IA


Marcus Francis "Mark" Roach, 80, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2006 at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 14, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale. Interment with military honors will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Mark was born the son of Joseph and Julia Clare (Houlihan) Roach on March 30, 1925 in West Union, Iowa. He was a graduate of West Union High School and later earned a bachelors degree from Loras College in Dubuque. Mark served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, until he was honorably discharged in 1946.

On September 5, 1949, Mark married Ann Mihm in St. Lucas, Iowa. In 1953, they moved to the Des Moines area and made their home in Urbandale. Mark was formerly employed with Travelers Insurance Company a manager of the Group Department for 33 years, until he retired in 1985. He was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Parish, Holy Name Society, Dowling Club and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ann M. Roach of Urbandale; eight children, Pat Roach of Washington, DC, Michele Harvey and her husband Bill of Earlham, Tim Roach and his wife Shari of Altoona, Mary Ann Thorsheim and her husband Mark of Des Moines, Nancy Stauder of Cherry Hill, NJ, Jim Roach and his wife Dawn of West Des Moines, Maureen Roach and her husband Larry Lantz of Winterset and Tom Roach of Hudson, Wisconsin; three sisters, Catherine Dessel of West Union, Eileen Bily of Brentwood, California and Elizabeth Ash of Elgin, Iowa; two brothers, Matthew "Mick" Roach and Tom Roach both of West Union; 15 grandchildren, Julia and Michael Sarcone-Roach; Beth Harvey and Caren Schroeder and her husband Dave; Erin, Lucas and Lauren Roach, Kate and Sam Thorsheim, Jon and Jenny Stauder, Abi Roach and Dan, Rachel and David Lantz; and two great-granddaughters, Audrey and Teresa Schroeder. Mark was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.

The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, February 13, at Iles Funeral Homes – Westover Chapel, located at 6337 Hickman Road, in Des Moines, where a Vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Pius X Catholic Parish Foundation or Dowling High School.




Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Monday, February 13, 2006
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
10:30 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Tuesday, February 14, 2006


St. Pius X Catholic Church Foundation
3663 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US