William Edmum Roth completed his journey  in Fortuna, California, on January 25, 2023, surrounded by his children. Born December 13, 1925 in Louisville, Kentucky to Alfred, James, Roth and Mary Crystal pawley.

On William’s 17th birthday he enlisted in the USMC, serving his country during World War II, in the islands of the South Pacific. Upon his return to the states, he met his future wife, Nell Marie Baker, in San Diego. After being discharged William and Nell were married in De Queen, Arkansas, they were married 62 years, until Nell’s death

In 1951 William moved his family to California, ultimately ending up in Humboldt County in 1952. William worked 30 years in the timber industry. In 1972 William went to work for Ernie Pierson and he spent his remaining working years as the purchasing manager at Pierson‘s Building Center.

After retirement, William, achieved one of his lifetime long dreams of raising registered quarter horse in Tehama County.

William was preceded in death by his wife Nell, sons William Jack Roth, Ronald Edmund Roth, Richard Ingraham, Christopher Lynes, daughters Shirley Roth, Kathy English, and grandson, William Keith, Roth.

William is survived by his children Judy Ingraham, Jim Roth, Larry Roth, Linda Lynes, Tony Roth, Ramona Cooke, and countless grandchildren, great grand, children, and great great grandchildren.

Willams family would like to thank the nurses and doctors for their extraordinary care for him while he was at Providence hospital in Fortuna.

William was a true patriot, he was honored to have been part in event that shape the world in a positive way. William will be laid to rest at Oceanview Cemetery in Eureka. A service is planned for the summer of 2023.


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