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Kenneth " Ken " Philip Roche

July 31, 1951 ~ September 26, 2020 (age 69)


Kenneth “Ken” Philip Roche, 69, of Valencia, PA, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020.  Ken was born in Pittsburgh, PA to John Patrick Roche and Margaret Alberta Marchlewitz on July 31, 1951.  He graduated from Shaler High School in Glenshaw, PA and Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA. He met his wife, Ann Louise Richards, at his first job after college, Pressley Ridge School.  Ann and Ken lived in Jacksonville, FL for 5 years and then returned to the Pittsburgh area and settled in Valencia, PA.  Ann and Ken have 2 children, Jennifer Erin and Tyler Charles, and 5 grandchildren.  Ken worked for FedEx Freight for 17 years before retiring in 2017.  Ken is preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret Roche and his siblings; Sister Patricia Roche and John (Helen) Roche.  Ken is survived by his wife, Ann; and his children, Jennifer (Waynell) Roche and Tyler (Sophia) Roche; 5 grandchildren, Taegen Nicole Roche, Silas Jackson Raub, Colton Maverick Roche, Audrey Violet Roche, and Camille Jasmine Newton.  Ken is also survived by his siblings, Judith (William) Delaney, Margaret (Robert) Miller, Claire (John) Greb, and Audrey (Mic) Roche.  Ken showed the same love and dedication throughout every aspect of his life, but none was more important than family; the role of husband, father and grandfather being his greatest achievement.  The Roche family would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Dr. Stephanie Kim and the entire staff at UPMC Passavant and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center for their generosity, kindness and devotion they provide each of their patients.  Additionally, the Roche family would like to express our gratitude to Good Samaritan Hospice for their guidance and wisdom.  Funeral services for Ken will be private with his family.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ken can be sent to the Mojave Desert Land Trust, 60124 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.
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