Dorys Jean Roach


Dorys Jean Roach, 82, of Gothenburg, NE, formerly of North Platte, NE, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.

Dorys was born October 3, 1931, to George Albert and Opal Faye Walz Ballard in North Platte. She started school in North Platte and graduated in 1950 from St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Omaha, NE. Dorys returned to North Platte where she married Jack L. Jenkins on December 28, 1950. They lived in and around North Platte where they raised seven children.

In 1972 Dorys married William Alan “Al” Roach and they made their home in North Platte. They later lived in El Paso, TX and Silver City, NM before retiring to Gothenburg in 2003.

Dorys was a 4-H leader for many years and a member of the Church of Christ in North Platte and Gothenburg and Does Drove #109. She was also a member and past president of the Nebraska Teachers Association. She was a poet, artist, musician and music teacher. Dorys was a great mother and wife.

She is survived by her husband, Al, of Gothenburg; four daughters, Roselyn Kay (Preston) Polk, of Hazlehurst, MS, Christie Banowetz, of Lone Tree, CO, Ramona Jean Jenkins, of Warner Robins, GA and Laurie (Mike) Viter, of Brady, NE; three sons, George LaVerne (Tammy) Jenkins, of North Platte, Ken (Jackie) Jenkins, of Lincoln, NE and Gregory Lynn (Marcy) Jenkins, of Sidney, NE; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and other family.

Dorys was preceded in death by her parents, George and Opal Ballard; her children’s father, Jack Jenkins; and a grandson, Tucker Jenkins.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Sid Kite and Haun Kite of the Gothenburg Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow in the North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 8:30 a.m. until service time at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may also be shared at In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Church of Christ.