Lt. Col. Allan Lee Roach

February 18, 1948 ~ January 28, 2011

Lt. Col. Allan Lee Roach, 62, of Moss Bluff, LA died at 4:15 AM on Friday, January 28, 2011 in a local hospital.

Lt. Col. Roach was born February 18, 1948, raised, and educated in Indianapolis, IN. A graduate of Southport High School, Lt. Col. Roach received his Bachelor's Degree in Military Science from Purdue University and his Master's Degree in Psychology from Lawton Community College. During his younger years, he was an active Boy Scout, having attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He served twenty-three years in the U.S. Army having been an Airborne Ranger and retired at a Lieutenant Colonel. Following his military career, Lt. Col. Roach worked as a teacher for eighteen years in Acadia, Beauregard and Calcasieu Parishes. Once he settled in Lake Charles, he served at McNeese State University as the Commanding Officer with the ROTC. Lt. Col. Roach enjoyed Mardi Gras, boating, water sports, and fishing. He was a devoted, accepting, and supportive husband, father, and grandfather. His greatest times were shared with his grandchildren.

Lt. Col. Roach is survived by his sons, Michael Glen Roach and Matthew Wayne Roach and wife Christina, all of Moss Bluff; brothers, Darrell C. Roach, Jr. and wife Brenda and Rev. James E. Roach and wife Oneita, all of Bloomfield, IN; grandchildren, Victoria, Channing, Alex, Samantha, Christopher, Tyson, Patience, and Laila Roach and Gabrielle and Dominic Myers; his great friend, Lee English of Lake Charles; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of thirty-nine years, Karon Roach; grandchild, Connor Roach; and parents, Darrell Christian and Fannie Mae Sturgeon Roach.

His memorial service will be at 4:00 PM on Sunday, January 30, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend James E. Roach will officiate. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 PM until the start of the service.

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  1. I was Allan's Tac Officer when he was a Ranger Student, many years ago. Very sorry to hear of his passing, but proud that he had such a successful life, and great family. Look forward to seeing you on the other side Allan…

  2. I was so sorry to receive the news of Allan's passing. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of our days at West Newton Methodist Church, our father's riding to Lilly's to work and being Allan's date at his 8th grade dance. The last time I saw Allan was in 1985 when my dad, Omer and I were both in the hospital and he was in town and came to visit us. He was a thoughtful man.

  3. To ALL of Colonel's FamilyMy name is Mary Wilkinson and I taught with Colonel at the Alternative School with him for over eight years. Our classrooms were always across from each other and we'd always share storiesof family, good things and issues that arose. I have to tell Michael and Matthew that Colonel ALWAYS spoke of you with respect, admiration, and a sparkle in his eye. He'd also tell me stories of his grandchildren so intense – you could feel the love he had for each and every one!His brothers… He'd tell me childhood adventures. (daredevil boy stuff…Ha Ha}I was the Social Studies teacher; so I would plan the Veteran's Day Programs and Colonel frequently spoke on his Army 'Ranger'experiences, but mostly of his love of country. He was admired and respected among our faculty and entire staff.A very special place will remain in my heart filled with the warmth and humor of a sincere friendship. My prayers with be you constantly… hoping that just knowing others really care, will add to your strength.Mary Guzzino Wilkinson

  4. to the family of my cousin Allen…..I was so surprised to hear of his passing….someday perhaps you will see some of the pictures and old movies we shared growing up in Indiana. I am sorry for your loss

  5. We pray that Allan is at peace with the Lord, and that all in the family who loved him will be at peace knowing this. Vincent and Rosalie

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