Eugene (Gene) LeRoy Roth passed into God’s eternal kingdom on Saturday, April 23, 2011 in Cottonwood, AZ.
He was born March 25, 1934 in Sterling, CO. He lived in Ft. Morgan, CO through his school years and graduated from Ft. Morgan High School in 1953.
He served in the United States Navy from January 1956 through January 1958 and was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Piedmont.
Gene and Joan K. Jaeger were married in Ft. Morgan, CO on June 28, 1958 at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Gene worked in sales positions in Ft. Morgan, Brush and Longmont, CO. In 1974 the family moved to Salinas, CA where he worked in sales at Salinas Valley Appliance. He entered into partnership with Salinas Valley Appliance and opened Gilroy Appliance and TV in Gilroy, CA. He closed the store in 1996 and worked in conference room sales for area motels until he retired and he and his wife returned to Ft. Morgan, CO in 1998. He worked part times for the Ft. Morgan Times until 2002 when they built their new home in Cottonwood, AZ and moved there in November 2002.
He loved Arizona and enjoyed working in his yard and greeted all who walked or drove by. His neighbors enjoyed his whistling when he was out in his yard or patios. He enjoyed life, yard and estate sales and his collections and traveling. He “never met a stranger” and was known as a “hugger”.
When they moved to Cottonwood they joined Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church. He served as a greeter and usher and was on the Building Committee and was excited to walk through the front door of their new worship facility. The new worship center is currently being built.
Gene is survived by his wife, Joan (Cottonwood); son and daughter-in-law David and Kathy Roth (Whitmore, CA); grandchildren Ahren and Abra Roth; son and daughter-in-law Mark and Karen Roth (Salinas, CA); granddaughters Ashley and Emily Roth; cousins Geri Coffey, Hermie Fox and Teri Roth, all of Colorado and many extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and step-father Ida and Leslie Spotts and brother-in-law Russell Roberts.
The Celebration of Gene’s Life will be held on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 2:00pm at Westcott Funeral Home. 1013 E. Mingus Ave, Cottonwood, AZ. Memorials are directed to Spirit of Joy Building Fund, 101 S. Main St., Suite D, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.
An online guestbook is available to sign at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.
Information provided by survivors.