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Harley Roth

July 5, 1938 - May 3, 2017

Harley was born on the 5th of July in Ronan, Montana to parents Emmanuel and Ida Roth; spent his childhood through part of his adulthood in Montana; married the love of his life and had 2 children in Missoula; then lived with his family in Idaho for a few years before settling in Oregon, where he died too soon at the age of 78.

Survived by his wife of 52 years Sharon, daughter Jacinda, son Steve Jennie, granddaughter Kaylie, grandson Caden, sister Mary Ann Joe, brother Tom Janet and brother Charles.

Alberton Montana High School sports have never been the same since he graduated, as he was free-throw champion and played 6 man football there.

Served in the U.S. Army and received the Commendation Medal for meritorious service achievement.

Graduated with a B.A. from University of Montana. Go Grizzlies! And because of his kids, Go Beavers!

In retail management for 50 years, then transitioned to a second career teaching business classes at Chemeketa Community College.

Participated in many service organizations; like Rotary, Chamber, Optimists and various committees and groups that promote youth education through business mentoring.

In 2002 received Salem Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award.

Co-partner in the family owned & operated business, with his wife and daughter.

He worshiped at Queen of Peace Catholic Church and throughout his life he thoroughly enjoyed sports of all kinds; especially football, basketball, baseball, track & field, golf, and fly fishing as a participant, spectator, fan and/or supporter.

He was an avid fan of his family and very proud of them; attending many athletic, theater, and church events in support of them.

He made an impact on many people and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, employees, students and others whose lives he touched in countless ways!

A celebration of Harley's life will be 4:00 pm Monday, June 14, 2017 at Chemeketa Community College (4000 Lancaster Dr. NE).  A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church (4227 Lone Oak Rd. SE) followed by a celebration of life reception.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute in his name to The Inspire Foundation through Salem-Keizer Public Schools

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My heart is broken and my soul aches, I miss my Dad so much!

I was so fortunate to know Harley when he worked in Bldg. 37 while teaching business at Chemeketa.  I was the faculty secretary there.

Harley was truly a wonderful human bright and caring about his family, students and community.  I'll not forget him and will always cherish the many, many fun chats we enjoyed at Chemeketa.

You, his most beloved family, have my very heartfelt sympathies.

My heart is broken. Harley was a wonderful human being.  I will miss dearly seeing him in Bldg. 37.  I will miss hearing him say to me, "Hey Kiddo! How's it going?" You are in my prayers. 

Monica Willis

I first met Harley at an orientation and always enjoyed running into him on campus! He was always smiling and engaging. He will be missed.

Dear family of Harley Roth, I am so sorry for your loss. The remembrance above is lovely and captures Harley's nature well, from what I knew talking to him for years in our shared offices in Chemeketa's building 37. He was smart and funny and sweet -- a bright light -- and I'm sorry he's gone.

Sharon and Jacinda and family.
I am so sad to hear of the loss of your husband and father. My thoughts and prayers are with you to help you through this time.  The world is not the same with someone we love is gone. But the love remains with us.You can see it reflected in his family and the people he cared about.  I will keep in touch and want you to know you are very loved.