Wilbur Roach
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Wilbur Marshall Roach, 93, of Phoenix, made his peaceful passage to heaven on Dec. 18, 2010. He was born on July 5, 1917 in Fairbury, Ill., and was one of 11 children of Martha and Marshall Roach. He was a veteran of World War II with four years in the 95th Signal Battalion. He served in the European/African/Middle Eastern Theater in Iran for three years. He married Bonnie Irene Odom on Dec. 4, 1941 and he devoted his life to taking care of her. They were married 54 years until her passing in 1995. He resided in Ohio most of his life until his retirement to Ahwatukee in 1982. He was proud to work in the Maintenance and Construction Department at Babcock and Wilcox Co. in Barberton, Ohio, where he retired in 1974 after 37 years. He enjoyed hunting and the family had many wonderful vacations in Canada, where family competed to catch the biggest fish. He is survived by his daughter, Regina Godwin, grandson Todd Godwin, and granddaughter Lori (Tom) Prather and their children, Emily and Ryan, all residing in Ohio. Also surviving is brother-in-law Glenn Snyder and family of Ohio, many nieces and nephews, and his companion the past few years, Gen Horn, and her family. Many thanks to nephew Gerry Roach, Gen, Denise and Larry Horn, and Howard and Mary Faber for taking such good care of him.

Arrangements by Bueler Mortuary in Chandler and Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home in Barberton. Private services and burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Akron, Ohio, at a later date.

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