January 09, 2021
- 10:30 AM
January 09, 2021
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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
Gerald’s Video Tribute can be viewed below: