Ivan Bennett Roach
|Also Known As:||"Roachie"|
|Birthplace:||Illinois, United States|
|Death:||Died in Litchfield, Montgomery, Illinois, United States|
Son of Walter Edwin Roach and Lettie Roach
|Managed by:||Adam Michael Roach|
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About Ivan Bennett Roach
Memories from Jeffrey Lynn Roach
Things I recall about my Dad, In my early years I recall dad and I going fishing after he got off work almost every night one summer when I was about 11 or 12 ,we would pack sandwiches soda and a few pbr and off we would go had lots of fun just me and him on a warm summer eve. I also recall the times Ronnie,,harry, Dad and I went rabbit hunting around the litchfield area. And pheasant hunting up north at uncle Jim's those are some of the best times of my life, he taught me a lot just watching him was a lesson I always looked up too him. He so loved the outdoors!!!!! when I became a teenager around 16 I seemed to be a lot smarter than him that lasted about 5 years then I realized that that old Man was pretty wise. He was one of the smartest and well respected persons in his field, I recall John Brightman of ( Brightmans dist.)he told me that Ivan Roach was the smartest dealers he ever had, and that made me very proud. he always told it like it was. never beat around the bush. was very firm. not real affectionate but I always new he loved me. Sometimes words never spoke mean the most. there are so many thing I can say about him but don't need to because you all know how I feel and we all have special moments with him. Ivan Roach was one great guy, God rest his sweet soul !
Interview with Eric James Roach
Q: Tell me about your family when you were born.
A: I was born on March 25, 1919 in Litchfield. My parents' names were
Walter and Lettie Roach. I was the eighth child in a family of eleven, 9 boys and 2 girls. My dad said that he was the umpire of a baseball team. The youngest in the family was twin boys, Bob and Bill. My dad worked at the American Radiator Plant for 40 years. He was one of the first ones to retire from there.
Q: Could you tell me some details of your childhood?
A: My childhood was a lot different than it is now. The kids didn't have the toys or recreational facilities that we have now. After we went to school, we did chores around the house. In the evening, we would study or play cards. I was born and raised during the Depression. Most of the food they ate, they raised themselves. So in the summer, we all had to work in the garden and pick vegetables and fruit.
Q: Where did you attend school?
A: I went to Madison Park School for grade school. I continued attending school in Litchfield for my junior high school and senior high school. But I didn't graduate because I had to go to work for my family.I had to drop out during my senior year. But I have become a successful business man because of a lot of hard work, and from my experiences.
Q: What certain things do you remember from your childhood?
A:My dad took me hunting and fishing a lot. He taught me a lot about animals, trees, and the outdoors. Nowadays, parents don't take the time to be with their children. That is quite a problem with our society.
Q: When did you get your first car?
A: I got my first car when I was 18 years old. I had to pay for it myself. You didn't need insurance. You could buy 9 gallons of gas for $1.00. My car was a Model A Ford, 1928 model, so now you can figure out how old I am.
Q: When did you get married and how did you meet grandma?
A: I married Grace Hess. I met her in school when I was a senior and she was a freshman. We got married the same year she graduated from high school. That was on July 21, 1940, at St. Mary's parsonage. We had 4 children, two boys and two girls. We now have 18 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren with two more on the way.
Q: Were you in the service?
A: Yes, I was in the army. In June, 1944, I went to Fort Sheridan in Chicago. I was then sent to Maryland for basic training of six weeks. I went to school to learn about recapping tires and vulcanizing. But by the time I finished, they had invented a synthetic rubber so my services would no longer be needed. Then I finished my training with cook and bakers school. I was immediately
shipped overseas to the South Pacific to the Phillipines for two and one-half years. I finished my time up in Korea in the Army of Occupation.
Q: What do you and grandma enjoy doing now?
A: We enjoy camping. We have a camper at Lazy Days Campground in Litchfield. We stay at the campgrounds during the summer weekends up until the end of October. I like to fish at the pond.
Q: How has Litchfield changed?
A: Litchfield hasn't grown very much in population. When I was young, it was around 6000 people, the same a Decatur. There is quite a difference in the two cities now. Too many businesses have been turned away during the years. I remember when a Ford auto plant wanted to come to Litchfield. But it was refused.
Q: What changes have you seen during the years?
A: Automobiles are different than they used to be.There were only a few gas propeller airplanes when I was young. There are a lot of airlines now. People are not as friendly as they used to be. Radios and TVs are popular for entertainment now. We can also find and learn more about what's going on in the world much quicker.