John Robert Roache Jr., 82, of Huron

HURON — John Robert Roache Jr., 82, of Huron, passed away Monday, February 8, 2021, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Visitation will be this evening at St. Wilfrid Catholic Church in Woonsocket, from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by a family prayer service.

Funeral services will be Saturday at St. Wilfrid Catholic Church in Woonsocket at 10:30 a.m., with a light lunch following funeral services at the community center in Woonsocket. Burial will take place in St. Wilfrid Cemetery with military honors by Am. Legion Post 29.

He was born to John Roache Sr., and Esther Olson Roache of Woonsocket, on January 13, 1939.
John married the love of his life, Patricia Parsons Roache in Whittier, Calif., on March 18, 1958.  

Huron and the surrounding area has been John’s home for most of his 82 years. John’s first position was managing the Standard Station in Woonsocket. He enrolled in college and after finishing his bachelors at Huron College, he entered into his first career of teaching and coaching. He later received his masters in administration from SDSU and moved into the position of principal at Wolsey High School.  

John became the Sales Manager at Montgomery Agency shortly after joining the team in 1978, and remained in that position for 10 years before becoming a part owner. Many of John’s clients grew into lifelong friendships. Owning his own business afforded him the opportunity to branch out and he joined two other investors in the Gridiron Addition building development. They built several multi-family buildings with this project. He also began buying real estate in and around the Huron area and owned and managed a rental agency for several years.

A few years ago John sold his partnership in Montgomery Agency and had continued to sell real estate as a Broker. He also owned a cattle company and land with farming operations within the Woonsocket community.
John would often say he owed much of his success to his late wife, Patricia. He said he could not have asked for a better partner in life and in business. He said “Pat is the reason I am still alive today, her quiet strength, faith and support sustained us and our children when the winds of adversity blew.“ John’s life revolved around his wife, children and grandchildren.

He enjoyed telling his grandchildren all of his life stories about the fun he had growing up on the farm in Woonsocket and then also the stories of he and his friends shenanigins during his younger years. John opened his heart and home to all he met with a warm place to stay and a hot meal. Often as a surprise to his wife, John would bring home a stranger in need who would join the family for the evening meal and/or a place to sleep. He always took care of the widow and her children and will be greatly missed by his family and community.      

John and Patricia had five children, Johnny Roache of Huron, Marty Roache of Huron, Sandra Gilchrist (Jon) of Rapid City, Suzanne VandeBerg (Curt Kempf, fiance) of Huron, and Carrie Nipe (Chris) of Madison; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Parsons Roache; his father, John Roache Sr.; his mother, Esther Olson Roache; sister, Nadine Krull; his brother, Tim Roache; and son-in-law, Paul VandeBerg.

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