Franklin Guiles Roth Jr. (1927 - 2018)

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Franklin Guiles Roth, Jr. long time Sitka resident, age 90, went to be with his Savior on Saturday, April 28, 2018 surrounded by family. Frank was born to Franklin G. Roth Sr and Gertrude (Edwards) Roth in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on December 29, 1927.

He graduated from John Harris High School (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) in 1946 and then served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948. He received a Bachelor's degree from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and later a Master's from the University of Oregon. He moved to Glenallen, AK in 1955 where he taught high school and met his future wife, Ruth Virginia Ott. The family always laughed that Frank and Ruth (from Philadelphia) who grew up 100 miles apart had to come over 4,000 miles to Alaska to meet. They were married in 1956 and enjoyed 62 years together. Their daughters are Christian Williams (Stanley Schoening), Sitka, Gwendolyn Roth, Anchorage, Jessica Roth, Sitka; their sons are Franklin Roth (Susan), Powell, Wyoming, and Joseph Roth (Brenda Taylor), Juneau. Their grandchildren are Peter Williams, Benjamin Roth, Trevor Schoening, Abigail Taylor-Roth, and Clem Taylor-Roth.

Frank taught high school in Glenallen, Wasilla, and California before moving to Sitka in August of 1964. Sitka was his home for the rest of his life. Frank taught at Sheldon Jackson High School and College from 1964 until 1994. Dedicated to his students and the school, he was voted Teacher of the Year by his students numerous times.

An avid outdoorsman Frank enjoyed hiking with his family, Boy Scouts, and his students. He and Ruth took their family, in 1969, over the Chilkoot Trail and in his late 60s he went again with his grandson Peter. He started the hiking club at Sheldon Jackson which became a key piece of the college's outdoor program. In retirement he took several trips on the Appalachian Trail. Later in life, he could be seen walking all around Sitka up until a few months before his death.

He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church and served as an elder on several occasions. He was also a member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and the American Legion. An avid reader he was a frequent user of the Sitka Public Library. A friend to many and a listener to all, he will be missed.

Frank was buried with military honors on May 1, 2018 at the National Cemetery in Sitka. A memorial service will be held at the Sitka Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 4 pm. A time of fellowship, eating, and sharing of stories will follow. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a in honor of Frank.
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First Presbyterian Church
505 Sawmill Creek Rd
Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-3356
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Published in The Juneau Empire from May 20 to June 19, 2018
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