Earl Roche, age 92, passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends on October 2, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Earl was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1926. He was 7 years old when he and his mother, Olga, moved to Tucson, AZ where he grew up. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served his country for 2 years during World War II. After his Honorable Discharge from the Navy he married his high school sweetheart, Irene. In 1947 they embarked on what would become their 72 year life long journey together. Meanwhile, Earl began his 35-year career with Mountain Bell Telephone Co. working throughout Arizona. He was a volunteer of the Telephone Pioneers and a member of The Elks Lodge where he served in different titles and was elected Grand Exalted Ruler.
Earl was very active in his retirement after Mountain Bell. He owned businesses such as a Dairy Queen, Mail Boxes Etc. and also invested in real estate ventures where he bought and remodeled homes to resell. He enjoyed painting, golf, reading and social events with his many friends.
Earl and Irene traveled to historical and beautiful destinations all over the world. They also enjoyed exploring the U.S., Canada and Mexico caravaning in their RV’s with friends and family creating great memories.
In 1972 they moved from Tucson to Phoenix and eventually settled down at the Boulder Ridge Retirement Community near Cave Creek Road and Beardsley. That is where they met many new friends while enjoying activities and being involved in community events.
Earl is survived by his loving wife, Irene; son Tom and wife Kimberly, son Bud and wife Barbara, grandson Ben and wife Heather, granddaughter Bethany and husband Jesse, 4 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Earl cherished everyone he knew in his own special way. He had a kind and gentle spirit and will forever be missed by those of us who knew and loved him.
Funeral Services to be held Friday, October 18th at 2:00 P.M. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona 23029 North Cave Creek Road Phoenix, AZ 85024.Print Obituary & Condolences