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Leonard “Buck” Roach

Leonard "Buck" Roach

Leonard “Buck” Roach, 81, of Marissa, IL; born on November 4, 1937 in Vincennes, IN; passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the Coulterville Care Center in Coulterville, IL.

Mr. Roach was a coal miner.  He worked in the Thunderbird and Amax mines in Indiana from 1966 to 1972 and then at the Peabody mines in Sparta from 1973 to 1993.  He was a very proud United States Navy Veteran and served on the USS Newport News CA 148 from 1957 to 1961.  Buck was a member of the UMWA.  He enjoyed muscle cars, especially MOPAR.  He liked fishing, squirrel and mushroom hunting.  Most of all Buck was just a very friendly and social guy.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Arlie and Viola, nee Robinson, Roach.  His loving wife Vickie, nee Wright, Roach whom he married on October 23, 1965 in Washington, IN and who passed away on June 13, 2009.  One brother – Ronald Roach.  One sister – Judy Roach.

He is survived by his children – Richard “Rick” Roach of Marissa, IL; Cathy (Paul) Light of Marissa, IL; Mindy (Stan) Ruckman of Freeburg, IL.  Two grandsons – David (Courtney) Ruckman of O’Fallon, IL; Jean Paul (Kat) Light of Glen Carbon, IL.  Two great-grandsons – Karter Ruckman; Noah Zaricor.  Two brothers – Roger Roach; Mike Roach.  One sister –Brenda Stanczak.    One brother-in-law – Jeff (Kerrie) Wright all of Indiana.  One sister-in-law – Alda (Tom) Buhrke of New Mexico. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Funeral: Graveside services will be held at Jefferson-Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 2:00pm.

Friends wishing to attended the services are invited to meet the family at the Visitor’s Center at Jefferson-Barracks National Cemetery on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 1:45pm.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.


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  1. Teresa Kahle says:

    PRAYERS TO Cathy and family. We love you all!

  2. Toni says:

    I’m so sorry sis, im here if ya need me, prayers for you and the family 🙏

  3. Donna. Cna says:

    You will be miss,sorry for your loss

  4. Kathy Keller says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family.

  5. Carl Appel says:

    Your dad was a delight to know and I looked forward to my visits with him. He was a special man.

  6. Janet Baechle says:

    Your dad was so funny. I had the best time at his birthday party. But he’s with your mom now, so it’s ok.
    Someday you’ll all see each other again.
    Father God, rather than mourn Buck’s death, let them celebrate his life.
    Rick, Cathy, Mindy, love you all !

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