Richard James Roth

March 24, 1929 ~ November 7, 2021 (age 92)

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UPDATE:   A Mass and luncheon honoring Richard (Dick) Roth, who passed November 7, 2021, will be held December 4th, 11:00AM at St. Peter Catholic Church, 614 N. Defiance St., Archbold OH. All are invited. Masks are welcomed but not required.


Richard (Dick) James Roth, 92, of the Archbold-Stryker area, went to 
meet Jesus on Nov. 7, 2021, with his loving family by his side.
Dick was born March 24, 1929, near Archbold, to Freeman and Hildred 
(Grime) Roth. He grew up in the Archbold community surrounded by 
grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He married his loving wife, Evelyn (Ely) Roth, on Nov. 21, 1953, at 
St. Anthony Church, Hillsdale, Mich.
In 1955, his country called him to serve in the United States Army. 
Following basic training, he departed for Germany.
Evelyn and two of their children joined him there, creating some 
beautiful lifetime friendships.
They returned to Fulton County in 1957 to resume family life.
Dick was a faithful member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Archbold, 
his entire life, and a member of its Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed 
helping with their fish frys, especially in his later years.
He was also a member of Stryker American Legion.
Dick and Evelyn met dancing, and enjoyed the “date nights” of dancing 
throughout their lives together. They became members of the Turkey 
Foot Trotters dancing club in 1966, and immensely enjoyed that 
pasttime until the very later years of life. In 1969, along with their family, they started Hidden Valley 
Campground near Archbold, which they operated for 25 years, where 
they also danced many happy hours and made many friendships.
Dick will also be remembered for the “infamous hayrides” there and 
big kettles of popped corn over an open fire.

Dick graduated from Archbold High School in 1947. He was an employee 
at Yoder & Frey Auction and the cushion department for 20 years, and 
then at Four County Career Center as the warehouse supervisor for 
another 20 years.Retiring from there in 1995, he built Stryker Mini Storage, which he 
owned and operated until 2015.

At a young age, he accompanied his father to auctions, and that 
passion continued his entire life. He was always ready to accompany 
his sons to the Yoder & Frey auctions or “hunt out” a garage sale 
with his daughter to look for that “good buy.”
Dick was a quiet man, steadfast in his faith and completely dedicated 
to his wife Evelyn and their family. Children: Rick & Desiree Roth, 
Hillsdale, Mich.; Lou Anne Hissong, Stryker; Steve & Becky Roth, 
Wauseon. They remember the work ethics and perseverance he taught 
them as they sold Christmas trees, planted and harvested vegetables 
to sell at their roadside stand, and helped with the campground.
After work was done, there were fun times, racing the “doodle bug” up 
and down the lane, working on a project in the shop, parties in the 
family “rec room,” camping, and family vacations.

He was lovingly called Grandpa, Peepaw, and Great Papa by his 
grandchildren, Danielle & Andrew Chilcote, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Michael 
& Catie Hissong, Huntington, Ind.; Jason Hissong, New York, N.Y.; 
Chelsea Roth, Owensboro, Ky.; Carter Roth & fiancée Annie Struemph, 
Reno, Nev.; Morgan Roth, Fort Myers, Fla.; Natasha Alden & fiancé 
Cameron Seagle, Canmore, Canada; Erick & Casey Roth, Grand Ledge, 
Mich.; Isaac & Kassie Roth, Hillsdale, Mich.; and great-
grandchildren, Addaline & Kane Hissong, Owen & Norah Evelyn Chilcote, 
and Brady Roth. He made many happy memories with his grandchildren. He let them use 
scraps of wood from his shop to build their first piece of furniture 
and took them to garage sales to pick out “fun items.”
He helped them get a “good deal” on their car for college, getting 
out his old roller skates on his 70th birthday and the seventh 
birthday of grandson Erick, and skating with all the grandchildren.
He was also willing to be a taste tester for any treat or baked good 
his grandchildren could cook up. He taught them the value and joy of doing things for yourself.
Besides his immediate family, he leaves many friends, aunt, sisters-
in-law, cousins, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Russell and Robert, 
brothers-in-law Norbert Reinhart and Dale Puff.

The family requests that memorial contributions be given to St. Peter Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at The Grisier Funeral Home in Archbold is honored to serve the Roth 


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Funeral Mass
December 4, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Peter Catholic Church
614 N. Defiance St
Archbold, OH 43502
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