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EDWARD ALLEN ROTH, 84, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Edward grew up poor, worked hard, and loved his country for the amazing potential it offered to its people. Athletics were his initial ticket to success. He played football for South Side High School and was recruited by Bear Bryant to play football for the University of Kentucky. However, his loyalty to his home state led him to play at Indiana University, where he earned his B.S. in Physical Education and a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and R.O.T.C. He left I.U. prior to earning his Master's Degree when called to serve his country during the Korean conflict in the U.S. Air Force, during which time he was choosen by J. Edgar Hoover to work as an international courier during his service. He was later honorably discharged from reserve forces as a First Lieutenant. After his active service, Ed played in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (turning down the Chicago Bears). Upon his return to Indiana, he worked on the Pennsylvania and Nickel Plate Railroad lines, and he later served proudly as a fireman with the Fort Wayne Fire Dept. for 15 years, achieving the rank of Captain. Before his premature retirement due to injury, he saved 17 lives, but he was always haunted by the loss of a child, who died after he saved her, because "I wasn't fast enough". He later worked as a night patrol guard for the Probst and Gallucci families, which gave him time to focus on the "dirty rotten capitalist" passion that gave him financial freedom - charting and investing in the stock market. He spent his adult life raising his own A.K.C. registered "Hoagland" bloodline of hunting beagles, which led him to move his family to the 38 beautiful acres at the end of Liberty Mills Road, where he shared so many wonderful times with family and friends over 42 years. In his later years, he shared a winter home with his wife Rosie in Scottsdale, Ariz. because "when we walked in the door, I saw a look on her face that I had not seen in 30 years, and I just knew I had to buy the place." Surviving are his son, Nicholas Edward Roth of Indianapolis; daughter, Mary Cathryn Roth (Marc Teitelbaum) of Middletown, N.Y.; grandchildren, Alexandra Nicole and Grant Edward Teitelbaum, and Ezequiel Nicholas and Marelena Nicole "Eleni" Roth; nephews, Joseph (Judy) Roth of Huntertown and Robert "Bob" Epple of Fort Wayne; and many cousins residing in northeastern Ohio, with whom he had many happy times over the years. He was preceded in death by his adored wife, Rosalind Cozmas Roth; parents, Joseph Isaac and Nellie May Lieter Roth; siblings, Marceille, Lavon and Thomas; niece, Colleen Roth Papai; and nephew, Richard Roth. Service is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church, 3535 Crescent Ave., with calling one hour prior and entry prayers at 9:15 a.m. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park, 1140 Lake Ave., with a Trisagion prayer service at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be next to his love Rosie on the Cozmas family plot in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind. Memorials may be made to the St. Nicholas E. O. Church or the Fort Wayne Fire Museum. To help further research of Chronic traumatic Encephalopathy disease, in hopes of ensuring safety in the future of all sports. Ed's family has also donated relevant tissues to Boston University (www.bu.edu/cste <http://www.buedu/cste>) and the Sports Legacy Institute, where Ed will forever be remembered as a "Legacy Donor" (www.sportslegacyinstitute.org <http://www.sportslegacyinstitute.org>). "The family would also like to thank the staff and residents of the Towne House Retirement Community for the wonderful care, love and support shown to both Ed and Rosie and visiting family members during their years residing there." To sign the online guest book, please visit www.mccombandsons.com

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2013
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