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William (Al) Roach, 75 - April 21, 2015

William Alan ‘Al’ Roach, 75, of Gothenburg, formerly of North Platte, died at his home on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
Memorial services will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, with Sid Kite officiating. Inurnment with military honors will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
A memorial book signing will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore.
Roach was born June 2, 1939, to Floyd Arthur and Gladys Augusta Markee Roach at Maywood. He spent his early years in Maywood and his later years at North Platte where he graduated from North Platte High School in 1956.
The following June, he joined the United States Navy, serving until 1961. He then married and three children were born to this union.
After his discharge, he remained in California where he worked at the Fullerton Music Store with his brother, Dale. He then returned to North Platte in the early 1960s where he and his brother, Lauren, operated Laural Electronics. He later went to work for Murphy’s Modern Music for many years.
In 1972, he married Dorys Jean Jenkins. The couple resided at North Platte before moving to El Paso, TX, and Silver City, NM. They then moved to Gothenburg in 2003. They were married for over 41 years until she passed away in 2014.
Roach was a member of the Church of Christ of Gothenburg and belonged to B.P.O. Elks No. 985, P.R. Halligan Post No. 163, the American Legion and V.F.W. No. 1504.
?He enjoyed music and played with various bands, the family said. He and his wife also played together under the name “Al and Dory.” In later years, he kept his interest in music and learned to golf.
?Roach was preceded in death by: his wife, Dorys; his parents, Floyd and Gladys Roach; a son, Bill, Jr.; brothers—Floyd, Jr. and Dale Roach; sister-in-law, Jackie Roach; brother-in-law, Sonny Sawyer.
Survivors include: his daughters—Connie (Gail) Cronin of Clearwater and Deb Miller of Omaha; stepdaughters—Roselyn Kay (Preston) Polk of Hazlehurst, MS, Christie Banowetz of Lone Tree, CO, Ramona Jean Jenkins of Warner Robins, GA, and Laurie (Mike) Viter of Brady; three stepsons—George LaVerne (Tammy) Jenkins of North Platte, Ken Lamoine (Jackie) Jenkins of Lincoln and Gregory Lynn (Marcy) Jenkins of Sidney; 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; his brother, Lauren Roach of Silver City; sisters—Marlene Sawyer and Elaine (Larry) Gosnell, all of North Platte; sister-in-law, Audrey Roach of Coosbay, OR; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
Memorial are suggested to the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame Foundation.