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James Ross Roach

May 24, 1961 — February 12, 2023

James Ross Roach

James Ross Roach, age 61 of Lewisburg, Ohio, passed peacefully on Sunday, February 12, 2023, at his home.

Jimmy is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Lorna; daughter, April (Aaron); his brothers, Johnny and Bobby (Annmarie) Roach; his sisters, Susan Chapin, Judy (Steve) McRill, and Jayne (Dave) Strine; nephews and nieces, Brian (Kerri), Stephanie (Scott), Artie (Michelle), Erin (Gregg), Annie (Rick), Josh (Lori), and Kevin; numerous grand nieces and nephews; his beloved beagle, Molly and his ex-race mare Rock Sensation.

James Ross Roach was born May 24, 1961, in Dayton Ohio, son of the late Marion T. Roach and Shirley A. (Inloe) Roach. Coming from a family that dabbled in harness racing, he spent his early years in the barn with his father and brothers, fueling his lifelong love for the sport. While working for RJ Brown, he met the love of his life, Lorna. They were married in 1990 and had their daughter April in 1993. Spending 33 years of marriage together they went to car shows, flea markets, auctions, horseback riding and shared many more memories. In his early years Jimmy also worked at a fertilizer plant and Route 35 Auto Sales. Jimmy trained and occasionally drove horses for 44 years mainly at Ohio and Indiana raceways and fairs. He passed on his love of the horses to his daughter with the family spending many days and nights together at the barn and races. Jimmy enjoyed collecting antiques, going to auctions and relaxing with his prized possession, Molly that shared his pillow every night. Jimmy was loved by many and could always lighten the mood with his humor. He seemed to always know every person wherever he went. He was always there when needed and will be immensely missed. We love you.

In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Scott Chapin.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, February 24, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Barnes Funeral Homes, 220 East Main Street, Eaton, Ohio.

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Celebration of Life

Friday, February 24, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Barnes Funeral Home - Eaton

220 E. Main St, Eaton, OH 45320

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