WAUSEON -- Russell P. Roth, 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 an 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, Ohio, Beverly Roth of Wauseon, Peggy (Michael) Pierce of Wauseon, Cynthia Weder of Adrian, Mich., Randy Roth of Indiana, Linda (Dan) Wiebeck of Wauseon and David Roth of Wauseon. He is also survived by his stepchildren, 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.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, August 22, 2014, at St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon, with Father David R. Bruning officiating. Interment will follow in the Wauseon Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday in the Pope John XXIII Room at St. Caspar Catholic Church, where the rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
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.