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October 27, 2021 - 00:00
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Loy R. “Ray” Roach, Jr., 78, of Columbus passed away Oct.18 in Columbus.

He was born July 18, 1943 to Loy Ray Roach, Sr. and Glenna Mozelle (Bills) Roach in Wichita Falls. He married Carolyn F. Cooper Sept. 30, 1962.

Ray served in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, where their three children were born. Upon discharge from the Air Force, the family moved to Houston, Texas where Ray ultimately became a production line manager at Dresser Industries, Atlas Division. He later became the loan manager at Southern Star Credit Union from which he retired, and subsequently moved to Columbus 11 years ago.

Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved spending time with his family and kept in touch with family members who lived farther away on social media, by texting, and by email.

Ray is survived by his daughter Terri L. Jurek and husband Stephen of Columbus; son Mark A. Roach and wife Elizabeth of Dickinson; sister Ruth Anne May of Houston; brother Stephen Dilsworth and wife Coleen of New Caney; seven grandchildren, Alicia L. Jurek and husband Kyle Miller of San Diego, CA, Diana M. Jurek of Carrollton, Justin S. Jurek of Columbus, Keaton Cameron of Durango, CO, Liz Houck and husband Nick of St. Charles, MO, Shawn Denley and wife Melinna of Las Cruces, NM, Thomas Denley of Houston, TX; three great-grandchildren, Rhiannon Houck, Hayden Houck, and Eloise Denley; nephews Christopher Roach, Craig Dilsworth and Kevin Dilsworth.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn F. (Cooper) Roach; father Loy R. Roach, Sr and stepmother Ruth (Whitson) Roach; mother Glenna Mozelle (Bills) Bunch and stepfather Huston Bunch; brother Millard Wayne Bunch; son Kenneth S. Roach; and granddaughter Melissa R. Jurek.

Visitation was Monday Oct.25 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Graveside services were Tuesday Oct. 26 at St. Roch Catholic Cemetery in Mentz. Deacon Chuck Glynn officiated.

Burial took place in St. Roch Catholic Cemetery in Mentz.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 or the charity of your choice.

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