John Roth (1923 - 2015)

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John Clarence Roth
January 12,1923 - August 24, 2015
passed away while enjoying one of his favorite past times of playing pool at the senior center. He was born January 12, 1923 in Hoxie, Kansas to Clarence S. and Mabel Vivian Roth. They moved to the Wilder area in 1935 and he graduated from Homedale High. He was later drafted into the army and fought in WWII where he ranked as staff sergeant, landing in various locations in Japan and received the bronze star. He was honored to be one of a select few men to fire a salute over the grave of Ernie Pyle, a war correspondent, on the island of Iashema. When the war was over, he came home where he met the love of his life Edna Smart at the Bings Dance Hall and they married on her 18th birthday. They would have been married 63 years on Sept. 2. They made their home on small farms in Caldwell and then Middleton and eventually downsized to Caldwell just a mile from their first home.
Their marriage was blessed with four daughters and they later adopted a son. He retired from the U.S. Post Office in 1983 but continued farming and raising dairy springer heifers until 2002. John was a hardworking man until the last day of his life raising a garden big enough for family and friends.
Over the years, his hobbies included hunting, fishing, competitive horseshoe pitching, softball, pool, dancing, and pinochle. He was a tough competitor and a cheerful winner at all.
He was a committed husband, father, and the best grandpa a kid could ever ask for.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ken Roth and Richard Roth, sister Arlene Perez, his grandson Colby Solomon, a nephew, niece and son in law, Mark Binyon.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Edna, daughters; Jonne Fritts, Sherry Binyon, Marilyn (Ken) Leavitt, Darlene (Delbert) Moore, and his son Jon (Natasha) Roth, two granddaughters, 3 grandsons and 11 great grandchildren.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Caldwell Senior Center.
Services will be held at Flahiff Funeral Chapel Friday September 18, 2015 at 3 PM. A Celebration of Life will follow immediately after the service at the Elks Lodge in Caldwell. Condolences may be made at www.flahiff

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Caldwell, ID 83606
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Sept. 16, 2015
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