Royce B. Roth

Royce B. Roth, 81, died Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at his home in Wayland, Iowa.

A Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland where he was an active member, with visitation one hour prior to the service. A private family graveside service will be at Bethel Mennonite Church cemetery.


Royce Benjie Roth was born May 17, 1936, near Wayland, Iowa, the second son of Elmer G. and Minnie F. Wenger Roth. Royce married Eileen Buzzard from Elkhart, Ind. on March 24, 1956.


Royce lived his priorities in this order: faith, family, and friends. Royce was a farmer at heart working as a dairy farmer and in sales for Kennedy's Dairy, Asgrow Seed, and Wayne Feed, retiring in 1995. Over the years, they lived in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Wayland, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa City, and Crawfordsville. In retirement, they spent winters in Sarasota, Fla.


He is survived by his wife, Eileen, Wayland; three children, Patty Roth Bancroft (Roger), Montrose, Mo., Jerry Roth (Joyce), Crawfordsville and Jay Roth (Margie), Lakewood, Colo.; two brothers, Willard E. (Alice) Roth, Goshen, Ind.; Larry D. (Mary Lou) Roth, Wayland; two sisters, Karen Watson (Gordon), Washington and Janice Lindner (Roger), Keokuk; and brother-in-law, Gerald Buzzard (Nina), Greensburg, Pa. He had 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son-in-law, Steve Custer.


Royce asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to Crooked Creek Christian Camp or Sugar Creek Mennonite Church for Mennonite Disaster Service and mailed to P.O. Box 216, Wayland, IA 52654.

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