Louise Ann ‘Lou Ann’ Roads

Gillette resident Louise Ann “Lou Ann” Roads, 86, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette.

She was born Feb. 8, 1931, to Angie and Floyd Pugh in Stanton, Nebraska. She and her two sisters grew up in Casper, and she graduated in 1949 from Natrona County High School.

She worked at the Amoco Refinery Laboratory in Casper, where she met her first husband, Bernard (Ben) N. Desch, Jr. They were married May 23, 1953, at St. Anthony’s Church and raised four children in Casper.

In 1960, her husband was tragically killed in an accident at the Army National Guard Training Center in Guernsey.

She met Wayne Roads while working at Northern Utilities in Casper. They married Jan. 6, 1968, and raised five children.

She also worked as a loan processor for Hilltop National Bank in Casper prior to retiring in 1976. After retirement, she was a volunteer at the hospital and St. Patrick’s gift shops. She was a founding member of St. Patrick’s Church.

Mrs. Roads and her husband went on various tours and cruises. They enjoyed bowling, square dancing, golfing and spending the winter in Mesa, Arizona. She enjoyed knitting afghans, baking cookies and making chokecherry jelly.

She moved to Gillette in 2013, to be near her family.

Mrs. Roads is survived by her five children, Karen Desch of Gillette, Reba Prasch of Valentine, Nebraska, John Desch of Buffalo, Steve Desch of Fort Collins, Colorado, and David Desch of Longmont, Colorado; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She also is survived by her sister, Dorothy Winer of Farmington, New Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Bernard N. Desch Jr.; her second husband, Wayne R. Roads; and her sister, Marilyn Eigenschenk.

A Mass of Christian Burial begins at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Church in Casper. A graveside service will be held prior to a memorial mass at 10 a.m. at Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Holy Cross Brothers, 1101 Saint Edwards Drive, Austin, TX 78704; St. Patrick’s Church, 400 Country Club Rd, Casper, WY 82609; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Condolences also may be attached to the obituary on the News Record’s website at gillettenewsrecord.com.

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