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Roger M. Roth

October 2, 1945 - January 25, 2018

"On January 25, 2018, mankind lost one of its best—Roger M. Roth.  Born in Salem, Oregon, on October 2, 1945, as the youngest child of Edward E. Roth and Ellen K. Roth, Roger is survived by his wife, Patti L. Roth, his daughters Jodi Roth-Stenerson and Jackie Lyons, 4 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, his brother Jim Roth, his sister Barbara Harris, and two sons-in-law--Lane Lyons and Kevin Stenerson.

Roger was married for over 52 years to Patti, all of them in Salem Oregon, and he epitomized the post-war baby boomer nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic as a husband, father, and in his occupation.  Roger and Patti met shortly after high school at the drive-thru of Bob’s Burgers on Capital Street and built a life and a family that stood the test of time.  Roger loved his wife, his family, God, and his country. 

Roger served in the National Guard after high school and returned to Salem where he began his career managing the vehicle fleet and physical plant operations for the Roth Grocery Company which was founded and owned by his father, and which was the primary grocery distributorship throughout the Willamette Valley.  Their business grew and became Willamette Grocery which built a major regional distribution center off State Street in Salem.  Willamette and their facilities were sold several times over the years, eventually to WinCo Foods.  Through all the change and growth for over 40 years Roger remained at the helm of the fleet and physical plant maintenance for the business.  He was, by definition, a company man and retired in 2006.

When he wasn’t working he was one of the best father’s any kid could ask for.  He did all he could within his power at all times to give his kids what they needed to succeed—not just material things, but character, love, and support.  They camped, they boated, they fished and hunted, they played sports, they vacationed, and they did it all as a family for over 50 years.  His daughters count themselves as two of the luckiest ladies alive.  His grandchildren likewise know how good they had it and that their ‘Papa’ was one of the good ones. His sons-in-law were also pricelessly enriched by having known him and had him as a father figure in their own lives.  

Alzheimer’s took him too soon, but he will be remembered by anyone who really knew him as one of the most unshakably positive and generous people they ever met, brimming with character, consistency, love, and always ready to lend a helping hand to any family member or friend in need. He put others’ needs above his own and served his wife and family with purpose—he was a giver, not a taker.  He’ll be remembered for his ‘just get it done” attitude that helped him and those around him soldier on no matter the circumstances. Perhaps most of all, he’ll be remembered and missed for his sense of humor and his gut-busting infectious laugh which could elevate a happy moment to unspeakable heights.   

He loved and lived well.  He was loved deeply.  He will be missed dearly by all of us who knew him.  Peace be with you, Roger.

Please join Roger’s family and friends for a celebration of his life to be held February 17, 2018, at the Grand Hotel in downtown Salem, OR, from 2 to 5pm."


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It is with great sadness that I read the newspaper this morning. I worked for Roger ( he would instantly correct me to say I worked with him, not for him ) for 28 years. After reading his obituary and working alongside him for the better part of my working years I think I'm one of many who "really" knew him and couldn't agree more with the accolades in his obituary. Unshakably positive, generous, excellent character, consistency, and I would add, treating every one with respect, fit him to a tee.  He deserved more years than he was given.  Thank you Roger for all the support through the years, you'll not be forgotten!   Ed B