Roger Lee Beach

Roger Lee Beach, a devoted and compassionate man, passed away on February 22, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of love and kindness. Born on June 11, 1948, in Salina, KS, Roger was the second child of Dale Mardell Beach and Lorraine Beatrice Bolby.

Roger’s life was marked by bravery and service, as he served with the 101st Airborne Division Combat in Vietnam. His valor was recognized with prestigious honors including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, and more. Despite the challenges he faced, Roger remained a pillar of strength and resilience.

In his personal life, Roger found joy in genealogy and family history, a passion that reflected his deep-rooted connection to his heritage. He shared a special bond with his spouse, Sharon, and her daughters Lisa, Layla, and Lori, whom he adored as his own. His presence brought warmth and love to their lives, leaving an indelible mark on each of them.

Known for his gentle demeanor and caring nature, Roger was a beloved figure in his community and could often be seen riding around Salina on his Harley. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors, embodying the true spirit of generosity. His garden, where he nurtured vegetables and crafted delicious salsa from his homegrown tomatoes, was a testament to his nurturing soul.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lorraine and Dale, brother Lawrence, brother-in-law Charlie, several aunts, uncles and cousins. Survived by his spouse Sharon, sister Linda, daughters Lisa Button (Tom), Layla Garr (Jason), and Lora Simmons, his granddaughters Eryn (Jared) and Emalie Hassler, Katy Fink (Peyton), Tori Hoffman, Evelyn and Stella Fitzgerald, nieces Andrea Swenson (Steve), Kim Beach, nephew Chip Armstrong (Justin), great nieces Danielle Shelton, Ashley Swenson, Ashlynn Armstrong, and by his great grandson Syer Thompson, and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Roger’s legacy lives on through the memories he created and the hearts he touched. He will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May his kind spirit and loving soul continue to inspire those he leaves behind.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m., Sunday, February 25, 2024, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Monday, February 26, at Ryan Mortuary, with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery, New Cambria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Salina Animal Services, care of Ryan Mortuary.