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John Roth Sr.
November 29, 1946 - January 14, 2017

John Roth Sr., 70, of Hazleton passed away on Saturday January 14, 2017 at his home. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Wednesday January 18, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with a Knights of Columbus rosary service at 3:45 PM and Military Honors by the American Legion Post 9 of Oelwein to follow at 7:30 PM. Funeral services will begin at 11:00AM on Thursday January 19, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Fr. Dan Kirby and Deacon Jim Patera officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Hazleton. A memorial fund has been established. For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.

John Thomas Roth Sr. was born in Oelwein on November 29, 1946 to parents Joseph and Helen (Kisner) Roth. He graduated from Sacred Heart School with the class of 1965. He then served his country honorably in the United States Army. On April 12, 1969 he was united in marriage with Mary Sue Barker at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hazleton. He had been employed with Colonial Bread for over 30 years before retiring. He was well known around town as ‘the bread man’. Since retirement wasn’t his cup of tea, he moved into managing the Knights of Columbus for the past 16 years where many people chatted with him as the friendly bartender with a smile. In addition to his duties ‘at the club’, he worked with Burco farms. He was not afraid of work and enjoyed staying busy. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, DAV and the American Legion Post 9 of Oelwein. While time with family was most important to John, he also enjoyed bowling, playing pool, softball, hunting and fishing. The annual deer hunting excursion with his cousins and trips down south with Merlin, Ron, and Dave were some of his favorite pastimes.

Left to celebrate John’s life is his wife Mary Sue; his children: Charlotte (Douglas) Fauser of Indianapolis, IN, John (Karen) Roth of Cedar Falls and Paul (Mallory) Roth of Humboldt; his grandchildren: Adrianna, Nikole, Carter, Cory, Taylor, Peyton and Brady; his great-granddaughter Addison; his brothers: Joey (Cheryl), Michael (Ann), David (Kelly) of Oelwein and Jimmy Roth of Independence; his sisters: Chris (John) Roete of Oelwein, Susan Davis of Apple Valley, CA, Rosanne White of Independence, Mary (Chip) Allen of Marion and Kim (William) Rechkemmer of Walker; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Victoria Ann Roth and his brother-in-laws Kurt Solberg and Gary Davis. 


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Brady Roth on September 27, 2023 at 9:11 AM said:

I love fishing with him I am his grandchild Brady Roth.

Love you Grandpa hope to see you again.
Brady Roth on September 27, 2023 at 9:10 AM said:

I love fishing with him I am his grandchild Brady Roth.

Love you Grandpa hope to see you again.
Robin and Bill Rosenstiel on January 23, 2017 at 7:11 PM said:

To Mary Sue,Family and to all the Roth Families,So very sorry to hear of John's passing,nice guy with a great smile,enjoyed seeing him out at the KC's.
Mike-Mary Gaffney on January 19, 2017 at 2:43 AM said:

Our deepest condolences to the family . May you find strength in the Lord in the next coming day and weeks.Your in our thoughts an prayers
Brian Merfeld & Family on January 18, 2017 at 7:38 PM said:

Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Bylinda K Allwood on January 18, 2017 at 2:11 PM said:

Many prayers go out to the family! You all have my heartfelt condolences! May our great Lord hold you all tighter during this most tragic and sad time, and may He help you through this to find some sort of peace with time. My heart goes out to and is with you all!!
Jane Lillibridge on January 17, 2017 at 10:36 AM said:

John gave up his Thanksgiving with his family a year ago so our family could celebrate the Holiday at the KC Hall. We tried to feed him well for his sacrifice. Even though his health had deteriorated this past year, he showed up to say "Hi" to our group. Such a good man, full of stories and so helpful. We will set a place in his honor next year.
Terrie Linderman on January 17, 2017 at 8:10 AM said:

Char and Family: I am very sorry for your loss. It was a lovely to read this about your father's life. Sending wishes for comfort to you at this sad time.
Lyle & Nancy Miller on January 17, 2017 at 7:59 AM said:

Our sincere condolences. Great guy & he'll now be doing all the fishing he wants, perhaps w. beer in hand!
Lynn Erdelt -Reinert on January 16, 2017 at 9:47 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John was a great guy.
Tera Sperfslage on January 16, 2017 at 7:52 PM said:

I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I never saw him without a smile on his face. May memories help to ease the heartaches I know you must be feeling.
Joan trebon on January 16, 2017 at 7:44 PM said:

So sorry for your loss
Travis Smock on January 16, 2017 at 6:04 PM said:

Very sorry to hear of John's passing. I always enjoyed working with him at Burco Farms. RIP Johnny Rock.
Ginny Weber on January 16, 2017 at 5:18 PM said:

Dear Charlotte and Doug. My sympathy. May God hold him ever so tight in the palm of His hand as he welcomes John into eternal life. Peace and Love be with you all. Xo
Dorothy holthaus on January 16, 2017 at 4:55 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with you char.
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