Funeral services were held Thursday for Delbert E. Roach, 78, pioneer in the microfilming program and former manager of the Genealogical Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who died March 30, 1998, after a short illness.
The services were held in Heughs Canyon Ward chapel in the Cottonwood area of Salt Lake County. Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Estates cemetery.Mr. Roach was employed by the Genealogical Society, later known as the Family History Department, for 35 years before his retirement in 1985.
Before being named in 1963 as librarian for the society, he worked for several years as a microfilm photographer in New Hampshire and Kentucky. In the early 1950s, he made arrangements for microfilming operations to begin in Mexico.
He and his wife, Barbara, served in the England London Mission during 1987-1988, and they were working as part-time missionaries in the British reference area of the Family History Library at the time of his death.
As a young man, he served in the Spanish-American Mission and in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946. He had been bishop of the Cottonwood 5th Ward, Cottonwood Stake. He received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Utah and a master's degree in library science 1962 from the University of Kentucky.