JERRY LOUIS ROTH
Jerry Louis Roth, of Sharon Valley (New Philadelphia), Ohio, lost a brave battle with pancreatic cancer and entered his heavenly home on Friday, January 27.
Born November 13, 1937, Jerry was the middle child of the late John Louis Roth and Florence Vivian (Morton) Roth. He was born at and lived all of his life in the beautiful Sharon Valley and was a proud 1957 graduate of Tuscarawas Warwick High School. On January 28, 1961, he married his high school sweetheart, the late Beverly Joyce (Rainsberg) Roth, with whom he was married more than 57 years. Jerry made it to heaven just in time to celebrate the couple’s 62nd wedding anniversary.
Jerry was a 36-year employee at Alsco Anaconda (later purchased by ARCO Steel and Owens Corning), in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, where he often worked the midnight or afternoon shift in several positions from mill and extrusion operator, paint operator, shipping and receiving clerk to water treatment operator, maintenance and parts runner. He was one of the last employees of the company prior to its closing when he retired from it in 1992.
Jerry then obtained his commercial driver’s license and began a second career as a delivery driver for Tappan Gas, delivering propane throughout Tuscarawas County and surrounding areas, before retiring from working life in 1997.
Jerry was an avid beekeeper for more than 50 years and was a founding member of the Tuscarawas County Beekeepers Association. He served as the Tuscarawas County Apiary Inspector for more than 25 years, and often shared his knowledge of beekeeping as a mentor and presenter around the county.
He, along with his late wife, could be found selling honey with the couple’s Sharon Valley Honey Farm at local farm markets. Jerry later partnered with his daughter, Connie, and son-in-law, Mark, in the Sharon Valley Honey Farm, which Connie and Mark continue to operate in his memory. Jerry and Beverly also partnered with Connie and Mark In raising world champion Buckskin Quarter Horses at their Sharon Valley farm.
A lover of nature and animals great and small, Jerry enjoyed hunting all area wildlife, but especially deer, turkey, raccoon and squirrel. He also loved wrestling with bass, blue gill, crappie and walleye on lakes and ponds both near and far. He could cook a delicious fish fry and was also known for his sourdough pancakes, as well as his positive outlook and Dad jokes.
Jerry enjoyed attending Zion Lutheran Church in Stone Creek, Ohio, where he made many friends in recent years.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, John and Florence; his wife, Beverly; as well as a sister, Sarah (Sally) Roth Jasper, infant brother Jimmy Lee Roth, brother Joseph (Joe) Roth; and his mother and father-in-law, Ray and Mildred (Petry) Rainsberg. He leaves behind his daughter, Connie, and son-in-law, Mark Lechleitner, of New Philadelphia, as well as sister, Marjorie (Margie) West, of Uhrichsville; brother, Richard Roth, of Pueblo, Colorado, along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous special friends.
In keeping with his wishes, no calling hours or funeral will be held; however, the family will host a Celebration of Life in April when the weather is more predictable. Please plan your favorite camouflage or hunting or fishing outfit to wear and bring your best Jerry/Chub/Nubbin stories as family and friends remember and celebrate his life.
Jerry’s family is especially thankful for the caring staff and volunteers of Community Hospice and the Way To Battle group for their kindness and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Way To Battle (a 501c3 organization), P.O. Box 833, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110 or Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue S.W., New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.
Arrangements are being prepared by Uhrich-Hostettler English Funeral Ohio, Inc., Uhrichsville, Ohio.
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