May 9, 2005
Well known cattle fieldman William S. Roche, 85, resident of Galt and Lodi, CA, died May 1, after a battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Born Oct. 26, 1919, in Early, IA, Bill Roche was a true gentleman, who enjoyed the cattle business, his family and painting.
Roche graduated from Iowa State University in 1941 with a B.S. in Agriculture and entered the military in 1942 where he received a Bronze Star. After returning home he married Joyce Kischer in 1946.
He worked as a fieldman and county youth extension director and later became the Secretary of the Northwest Iowa Angus Association. In 1954 he moved to California to work for the American Aberdeen Angus Breeders Association, then became the West Coast Regional Manager and Western Director of Regional Managers for the American Angus Association.
In 2001, Roche was inducted into the Angus Heritage Foundation, which honors and identifies distinguished persons who have made major contributions to the improvement and advancement of Angus in the United States.
Roche is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce Roche, Galt; daughter Kris Roche, Davis; son Steve Roche (Janet), Davis; grandchildren Joelle and Jacob Roche; sisters Miriam Dokken, Nebraska, and Avis Reid, Kansas, and many cousins.
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