Dr. Stephan L. Roth - 90
3/30/1925 - 7/3/2015
Dr. Stephan Ludwig Roth had a sudden heart attack at the age of 90 while swimming in his pool in Colchester, Illinois, and passed away in the afternoon on Friday, July 3, 2015.
Dr. Roth was born on March 30, 1925, in Tartlau, Romania. His father, Stefan Ludwig Roth, a pharmacist, moved the family 6 years later to Marktschelken to buy a pharmacy. His mother was Hermine (Wolf) Roth. Dr. Roth had 2 younger brothers. Walter died of health reasons due to the war but his 83 year old brother, Heinz, is still living with his family in Germany. After 57 years of marriage, Dr. Roth's wife, Traudi, passed away July 2, 2013.
In 1943, Dr. Roth went to fight in Russia as a German soldier in the tank division during WWII. After the Normandy invasion in 1944, Dr. Roth and the other soldiers were loaded up and traveled 4 days by train to fight in France. Dr. Roth was shot in the leg, captured, and taken prisoner of war in France for 3 years. Dr. Roth was released in 1947 and traveled to the university in Graz, Austria, to become a medical doctor which had been his goal since the 4th grade.
After the war, Dr. Roth found Traudi again, who he had met in high school, and they got married on a snowy day on Feb. 26, 1956, in St. Veit a.d. Glan, Austria. A few months later, the newlyweds traveled by ship to America. After Dr. Roth passed the medical board exams in Chicago, they moved to Alton, Ill., where their two daughters were born, Heidi, in 1958, and Ingrid in 1960.
The last and final move for the Roth family was to Colchester, IL, where Dr. Stephan L. Roth M.D., opened his office on June 6, 1961. He enjoyed being a family physician for 34 years seeing patients at his office, hospitals, and nursing homes. His commitment of care for his patients included making house calls day or night. In his spare time he delivered over 100 babies.
Throughout his life, Dr. Roth contributed to the community in many ways. He was an active member of the American Medical Ass., Illinois State Medical Society, McDonough County Medical Society, McDonough District Hospital, Colchester Lions Club, Business Ass., and School Board. He established Friendway Park in Colchester, was a director of Colchester and Macomb nursing homes and on the board of directors of First Federal Savings and Loan Bank. He attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Macomb, Ill.
Dr. Roth had a sense of adventure. He enjoyed taking pictures as he traveled to Jamaica, South America, the Carribean Islands, Mexico, Africa, Europe, and to almost all of the U.S. 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. With Dr. Roth's amazing memory for detail, he wrote 2 books about his life. He showed creativity especially in designing his elaborate backyard landscape. He loved to be active ice skating, snow skiing, swimming, tennis, ping pong, hiking in Colorado, and walking the beach in California. At the age of 90, he still had a daily exercise routine before breakfast in the morning. This is an example of the qualities that we will remember about Dr. Roth leading a disciplined and organized life.
Dr. Roth was an inspiration to all who knew him with his enegetic work ethic. His dedication and compassionate care for the community will be remembered. He proved that you are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream. Dr. Roth's zest and passion for life will be continued by his 2 daughters Heidi (Roth) Sutherland, and her husband, Steve, who live in Black Forest, Colorado with their children Brian and Gretchen, and Ingrid (Roth) Kraus and her husband, Erik, who live in Redondo Beach, California, with their children Nicholas and Brett., 2015.
The visitation will be held at Jones Mortuary in Colchester on Sunday, July 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Sunday. A memorial service honoring the life of Dr. Stephan L. Roth will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 906 East Grant Street in Macomb, Illinois on Monday, July 13th at 12 noon. Immediately following the service please join us for a time of sharing memories at the church fellowship hall. Refreshments will be provided. The family will have a private graveside service at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. If you with to continue to show Dr. Roth’s care for the community, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Colchester Rescue Squad, 217 East Depot Street, Colchester, Illinois 62326 or to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 906 East Grant Street Macomb, Illinois 61455. To leave condolences to the family online visit jonesmortuaryfh.com
6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday at the Funeral Home
12 noon Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Macomb