Russell P. Roth, age 83, of Wauseon, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Park View Nursing Center in Edgerton, Ohio. Prior to his retirement he had worked at LaChoy Food Products in Archbold for 20 years.
Russell was born in Archbold on January 14, 1931, to Freeman and Hildred (Grime) Roth. He married Betty Eicher and she preceded him in death. On February 6, 1982 he married Bettie M. Arps, and she survives. He was a member of St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an owner, driver and trainer of harness horses and had many victories. He was a member of the United States Trotters Association. He enjoyed going to auctions, buying items, cleaning them up, and reselling them. One of his many interests was working the walk-in gate at the Fulton County Fair. He enjoyed talking to people and visits from family, playing cards with friends, and outing always put a smile on his face.
Surviving, besides his wife, Bettie, are his children, Mary Ellen Robinson of Hagerstown, MD, Terry (Barb) Roth of Lewis Center, OH, Beverly Roth of Wauseon, Peggy (Michael) Pierce of Wauseon, Cynthia Weder of Adrian, MI, Randy Roth of Indiana, Linda (Dan) Wiebeck of Wauseon and David Roth of Wauseon. He is also survived by his step-children, Dennis (Kay) Helberg of Defiance, Cheryl Helberg of Wauseon, Dan (Linda) Helberg of Defiance, Charlene (Dick) Lime of Defiance, and Dean (Michele) Helberg of Defiance; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, his brother, Richard (Evelyn) Roth and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Betty, son, Thomas Roth, grandson, Adam Weder and brother, Robert Roth.
The family requests that memorial contributions be given to St. Caspar Catholic Church, the American Diabetes Association or the American Kidney Foundation. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.grisierfh.com. Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon has been entrusted with arrangements.