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Gerald Roth

July 08, 1938 - January 02, 2021

Funeral Service - Saturday

January 09, 2021
- 10:30 AM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Saturday

January 09, 2021
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Gerald Roth

July 08, 1938 - January 02, 2021


Gerald’s Live Streamed Funeral Service can be viewed below starting at 9:45 AM on Saturday:


Gerald Adolph Roth was born on July 8, 1938 to Edwin and Emma Roth on a farm north of New Leipzig, North Dakota in Grant County. He was named for his great grandfather. His grandson Lucas called him “Pa”. He was called Jerry in his professional life, and Garry by family. He married Coleen “Toots” Marie (Scheffelmeier) Roth, the love of his life, on November 17, 1957 in Heil, ND.

Gerald overcame many obstacles in his life and was the first in his family to attend high school in Elgin, ND. When he started elementary school, he only spoke German. He received his standard teaching certificate from Dickinson College (1961), his master’s degree from Montana State University Billings (1970), and Doctorate in Education from the University of North Dakota (1978) He spent his entire profession career dedicated to educating students in North Dakota, starting as a teacher in Regent, ND, then in Bismarck, ND. He moved on to work as the director of elementary education for the state of ND in the Department of Public Instruction. During this time Gerald and Coleen raised their family in Mandan, ND. He left that position to work as the Assistant Superintendent of schools in Valley City, ND from 1983 to 1992. Gerald and Coleen moved back to their home in Mandan, ND in 1992 when he started teaching in the Elementary Education department at the University of Mary. He retired from that position in 2004. Ever the professional, he worked as a consultant after retirement helping educators further their careers.

Gerald and Coleen shared a love of collecting antiques, especially Rosemeade and Dakota pottery, Indian artifacts, coin collecting, and attending flea markets and rummage sales. They combined their love of collecting antiques with travel after retirement.

Gerald is proceeded in death by his parents, brothers Ervin, Eugene, Bernard, Marvin and Delmar. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Coleen “Toots”, son, Garry (Carol) of Harwood, ND, daughter, Michele (Jerry) Trotter of Fargo, ND, son Stacy (Stacey) Roth of Cheyenne, Wyoming; seven grandchildren – Ben (Laura) Roth of Grand Forks, ND, Jessica Roth of Fargo, ND, Katherine (Mike) Reinke of Forest Lake, MN, Zachary Trotter of Grand Forks, ND, Ellen Trotter of Houston, Texas, Lindsey Trotter of Minneapolis, MN, and Lucas Roth of Cheyenne, WY; five great grandchildren – Elijah, Jacob and Luke Reinke of Forest Lake, MN, and Gillian and Gabrielle Roth of Grand Forks, ND; brothers -Norman (Audrey) of Mandan, ND and Larry (Bonnie) of West Fargo, ND, sisters – Esther Maas of Renton, WA, Violette (Lawrence) Ketterling of Livingston, Texas, and LaRue Roth of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; and many beloved nieces and nephews and extended family.

In lieu of flowers please send memorials to a charity of your choice, First Lutheran Church in Mandan, ND, or First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fargo, ND.

Interment will be this spring in Mandan, ND at a date to be determined.

Pallbearers areBen Roth, Zachary Trotter, Lucas Roth, Michael Reinke, Ryan Rivinius, Josh Rivinius, and
Timothy Fuchs.

Gerald’s Video Tribute can be viewed below:


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20 responses to “Gerald Roth”

  1. Dave Zittleman says:

    Toots ad Family we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Roth family during these difficult times.

  2. Cathy Danielson says:

    I am so saddened to hear about your loss Coleen, as well as the loss of a father and grandfather. You had such a wonderful marriage and I hope those memories and blessings can carry you through.

  3. Agnes and Ron Stastney says:

    We are saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing! He was a dear friend and cherished colleague! He served education throughout North Dakota with distinction! Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Roth family!

  4. Francine Lively says:

    Colleen and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Gary ‘s passing my heart and Prayers are with you and the family. Miss you both we had such good times together! Love always, Francine and Tom Lively

  5. Kathie Weiler says:

    Was so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. My heart goes out to you Colleen and your family in this time of sadness.

  6. DeNae Binstock says:

    Gary will be truely missed by so many lives he touched. His professional years are going to be carried on by many that respected him. He always had a smile on his face and a hearty handshake. Anytime we would visit we would talk about our kids and their achievements. Dear Colleen my heart goes out to you all. In turn he will be the light in your hearts as well as mine. Cherish all the memories. Much love always.

  7. Sheila Hoffman Kraft says:

    Sorry fir your loss. I enjoyed running into the two of you in Bismarck.

  8. Toni (Bullinger) Gumeringer says:

    Mrs. Roth and family, so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of the Roths living next door on 4th Avenue in Mandan. Mr. Roth was always so kind and caring. May you find comfort in all of your memories.

  9. Larry and Judi Harm says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Gerald’s passing. He was such a nice man. Met him through my parents Melvin and Marion who were neighbors of Norm and Audrey. Thoughts and prayers for Toots and his loved ones.

  10. Ramona Klein says:

    Dear Roth Family,
    I was sorry to read of Jerry’s passing. I always enjoyed working with Jerry both when he was at the state department and at UMary. Jerry was always professional and cared about the field of education. I enjoyed going to professional meetings with him; he was always prepared for the meeting and for the coffee breaks. He had his tea bags in his shirt pocket. I always thought of it as an endearment. Also I would call “stuff” junk he would call it a treasured antique.
    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Ramona Charette Klein

  11. Jean Hoerner says:

    Dear Coleen I’m so sorry! I so enjoyed when we got to talk to each other in person and Jerry would chime in with his humor!! Love you my friend!

  12. Jane Metzger says:

    Colleen & Family,
    We were so sorry to read of Jerry’s passing. My parents, Ron & Til Tellinghusen, enjoyed your friendship & your dinner company at Sheyenne Crossings Assisted Living. My husband & I also enjoyed visiting with you & Jerry in the lobby when we’d come to Sheyenne Crossings to see my Dad.
    Our Deepest Sympathy on behalf of my Dad, Ron Tellinghusen
    Steve & Jane Metzger

  13. Stephanie Doppler says:

    Gerry was a kind and fun person. He will be greatly missed. Sorry for your loss.
    Stephanie Doppler
    Sheyenne Crossings

  14. David and Patsy Madsen says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. You have many wonderful memories together. We send our prayers and sincere sympathy to all of you.

  15. Sandi Weisenberger says:

    Coleen and family. I’m so sorry to read of Jerry’s death. I have such good memories of all the hours we shared together in UND student housing. Many late-night hours of playing pinochle and eating your homemade sausage with crackers! I hope to stream the service today as you celebrate Jerry’s life – a very successful life. Sandi

  16. Kari Frison says:

    What a beautiful tribute with photos.
    Thoughts and prayers for Toots and your large beautiful family, its obvious he doted on the grandchildren!❤💙

  17. Rob Baran says:

    So sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. He always made me feel welcomed at the family gatherings in Elgin and Mandan. His warmth, smiles, and stories will be missed!

  18. Jan Pearson says:

    Coleen and Family, The service was so nice. Bob and I miss you so very much. I just wish we would have been able to visit with you and Jerry, but this awful COVID changed so many things. I will call you in a few days. Take care my dear friend. Love you always

    Jan Pearson

  19. Lisa (Stelter) McLeod says:

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful service so we could be with you in spirit this morning. Coleen, Chuck, Miss, Stace and families, my sincerest thoughts of sympathy are with you in the loss of Gary. I am comforted by knowing that he is now in the arms of our heavenly Father, and that his earthly body no longer holds him back. I pray that knowledge brings you comfort also, even in the midst of your sadness. Coleen, he is a huge part part of some of my favorite childhood memories of all of our parents playing cards in your kitchen while us kids ran all over the town of Mandan playing – such a piece of the fabric of who we all became! I love you all and I’m looking forward to joining you in Mandan this spring for a celebration of Gary’s life!

  20. Mel Wegner says:

    It is difficult to accept that Gerry is gone. He was always fun to meet up with, we will miss him.
    We sent a memorial to First Lutheran Church of Mandan in his name.

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