Werner Roth



Werner Gustave Roth, 71, died Dec. 27, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center after suffering a stroke.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Deacon Felix Maguire will officiate. A reception will be after the service in the church hall.

Mr. Roth was born Oct. 11, 1935, in Milwaukee to Frank and Emma Roth. He graduated from Holy Redeemer Seminary High School in South Bend, Ind., in 1953. He attended Notre Dame University from 1953 until 1955. In 1958, he graduated from officers training school as a navigator. In 1967 he graduated from aircraft maintenance school. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from McMurray College in Abilene, Texas, in 1973 and graduated from airframe and power school in 1974.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. He served in the Air Force 1955-1980. In 1968-1974 and 1977-1980, he served at Elmendorf Air Force Base. From 1980 until 1981, he worked for ServAir and was the owner and mechanic of Roth Aviation. From 1958 to 1966, he was a navigator on KC-135s in the Strategic Air Command at Grissom AFB in Indiana and Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. He was stationed in Udorn, Thailand, as aircraft maintenance officer and navigator on C-130s for missions in Vietnam for one year in 1967-1968. He was stationed at Elmendorf AFB in 1968 as an aircraft maintenance supervisor and navigator for the 17th TAS squadron of C-130 aircrafts. In 1973 he was in the Commander Field Maintenance Squadron at Elmendorf AFB. In 1974, he was in the Commander OMS squadron at 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing at Dyess AFB in Abilene, Texas. He was at the Aircraft Maintenance Control Office for 463 TAW at Dyess AFB in Abilene, Texas, in 1975. In 1977 he was the director of Supply in Alaskan Air Command at Elmendorf AFB.

He was a member of the Catholic Church.

He was Rod and Gun Club president at Elmendorf AFB 1970-1973, Cub Scout leader 1969-1970, and president of the Alaska Skeet Shooting Club several times.

He received the small arms expert marksmanship ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award ribbon with four devices, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one device, Republic of Vietnam campaign medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with device, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and an Air Medal.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, flying, skeet shooting, trap shooting, sporting clays and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Arlene J. Roth; children and spouses, Bill Roth, Teri Hahn, Tom and Colette Roth, and Cathy and Chriss Homan, all of Anchorage; grandchildren, Mark and wife Tenisha Hahn of Eugene, Ore., Matthew Hahn and Luc and Connor Homan, Kimberly Roth and Michael Roth, all of Anchorage; great-grandchildren, Craig and Siera Hahn of Eugene, Ore.; step-granddaughters, Nicole and Jarred Rogers and Jaime Homan of Anchorage; siblings and spouses, Fran and Marion Roth, Al Roth and Joann Baccki, and Trudy Schultz; and cousins, nieces and nephews in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Earl Schultz.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Providence Hospice Foundation, 3200 Providence Drive, Anchorage 99508, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Published in the Anchorage Daily News from 1/3/2007 - 1/4/2007.