The Oak Hills community lost a beloved teacher, friend and colleague this morning when Mr. Dick Roche passed away suddenly.
“The Oak Hills Community is deeply saddened by this tragic loss,” superintendent Jeff Brandt shared. “Dick touched the lives of so many young people in his role as a teacher and coach. He was a man of few words, but the words he did speak had a profound impact on all of those whose lives he affected. He will be greatly missed and his legacy will forever be remembered.”
Roche taught physical education and health at Oak Hills from 1974 – 2010 and coached wrestling from 1974 – 2000. He has been working as a hall monitor at the high school since his retirement in 2010.
Roche was married and had three children: Cara, a current senior at Oak Hills, Matthew, class of ‘97 and Amanda (Roche) Biser, class of ‘97 who currently teaches English at Oak Hills High School.
“Mr. Roche was my dad’s old wrestling coach and my dad had a lot of respect for him,” sophomore Ryan Johnston said. “I don’t think that there is anything bad people can say about him because he was always very nice and willing to help.”
“He was a great man because I remember I would get in trouble and he would tell me I’m better than that,” sophomore Kayden King added. “He would try to get me out of as much as he could, so I could get on the right path.”
Roche will be missed by the Oak Hills community. Counselors are available at Oak Hills High School for anyone needing support.
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