Waterloo Daily Courier; October 29, 1937
Roach Funeral Monday
John A. Roach
Vinton, Ia. (Special) Funeral Services for John Roach, 70, who was killed in the crash of two automobiles Thursday night south of Vinton on highway 218 will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Alcorn chapel, Rev. E.A. Sabin officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.
Roach was born July 25, 1867, at Dodgeville, Wis., the son fo Mr. and Mrs John D. Roach, and came to the Vinton community when he was three years old. He farmed nine miles southwest of Vinton with his brother, Thomas Davey Roach.
Surviving are his brother and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Wright, Edgerton, Minn; Mrs. Blanche Potter, Cedar Falls; and Miss Nellie Roach, Vinton. One sister preceded him in death.
Vinton Eagle; June 1914
A Good Man Gone Home
John D. Roach
It is the sad duty of the Eagle to chronicle in this issue the death of John D. Roach of Eden township, which occurred at his home Saturday, June 27, 1914. The funeral services will he held at the home this morning at 10 o'clock, and the sermon will be preached by Rev. Dr. Clinton, of Hampton. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.
John D. Roach was born in Cornwall England, on July 4, 1832. He came to Mineral Point, Wis., with his parents in 1844. He lived there three years when he moved to Dodgeville, Wisconsin, where he married Miss Elizabeth P.'Rich. Mrs. Roach died In November 1905. He came to Iowa in March 1870, and has lived on the same farm in Eden township until his death.
He became a member of the Methodist church in Wisconsin when a young man. He was the father of six children all of whom are living and are: Mrs. Mary Wright, of Edgerton, Minn.: Mrs. Blanche Potter, Vinton, Iowa; Mrs. Sarah Parry, of Primghar, Iowa; John A, Nellie and Thomas, live on the home farm. Mr. Roach was a1ways proud of two things - one that he was an American citizen and the other that he was born on the 4th of Ju1y: He also was a typical Englishman, and probably no man in Benton county was as well versed in English and American history as he. He was a splendid conversationalist and in his younger days the editor of the Eagle has spent many a pleasant hour listening to his recitals of the manners and customs of the English people. As old age came on his visits were less frequent and his genial presence has been missed.
His spirit has been released.