John E. Roche, III

July 14, 1945 - April 20, 2017

John Everett Roche III, 71, passed peacefully on Thursday April 20, 2017 at the Hope Hospice House in Cape Coral, Florida. His brother Bill was with him and his favorite music was playing softly. John was a resident of Ft. Myers for the past 25 years formerly of Michigan.

John joined the Marines right out of high school and served one tour in Viet Nam as a radio operator. He had a career in management of large bakeries. Later in life he worked on boats in SW Florida.

Among the many things John enjoyed were reading, astronomy, music, building computers, sailing, and visiting the American Legion 336 and the AMVETS in North Ft. Myers.

John was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 14, 1945 to John Roche jr. and Roselyn B. Roche (nee Murphy). He is survived by his three children: John E. Roche IV, Jason Boyd Roche, and Rebecca Roselyn Klein, his grandchildren: Emily Christine Roche, John (Jack) Everett Roche V, Devon Roche, Ethan Roche, Kennedy Roche, Bentley Roche, Breanna Jayne Kilgo, Zaidan James Klein, and Zayne James Klein, as well as his brother William (Bill) Roche of Mt. Pleasant, SC.

John is also survived by Susan Neuts, his high school sweetheart; they reunited about 10 years ago and had a wonderful time together. They were able to spend summers in Kingsville, Ontario and winters in Ft. Myers.

He is also survived by his Uncle Bill Murphy, age 94, who lived across the street from John at Sun N Fun Mobile Home Park for several years. I would also like to mention his close friends Marty and Judy Coakley who live in N. Ft. Myers.

There will be a memorial for John at a later date in Michigan when he will be laid to rest in the Fort Custer National Cemetery.

The staff and facility at the Hope Hospice House were amazing and we are grateful for all that they did.

Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


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