Raymond L. Roth, age 83, of Minneapolis, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, at his home.
He was born Nov. 26, 1924, on a farm in Delano, the son of Stephen and Agnes Roth. Raymond attended school at St. Peters in Delano.
At the age of 19, Raymond joined the Merchant Marines, serving his country from 1943 to 1946 on ships in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean-Middle East war zones, including the Invasion of Normandy.
He married Mary Jane Schermann of Winsted Oct. 8, 1955, in Buffalo. They were married for 53 years and were best friends and loving companions, making their home in Minneapolis. Mary preceded Ray in death by seven days, and they are now together once again.
Ray was a district manager for Grand Union Coffee Co.; after that, he helped start Midwest Coffee Co. and was the treasurer and warehouse manager. In 1967, he started working in the pharmacy department at the University of Minnesota Hospital, retiring from there as the purchasing manager in 1989.
Ray was very active in the parish of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, serving on the parish council, finance board, as a communion minister, and lector.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing with his children and grandchildren, and he was a very talented woodworker.
Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, and he will always be known for his helping hand and ready smile.
In addition to his wife, Mary Jane, Ray was preceded in death by his siblings, Leonard, Evelyn, Victoria, and Clarence.
He is survived by his children, John (Pamela) Roth of Atlanta, Ga., Steven (Dawn) Roth of Eden Prairie, Patricia Roth (Joan Ellison) of Minneapolis, and Holly (Dave) Pedersen of Ham Lake; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Catherine Murphy.
Funeral service took place Saturday, Dec. 29 at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Minneapolis, with visitation for one hour prior to the Mass. Father Joseph Gillespie was the celebrant, and Father Kenneth Ludascher was the co-celebrant. Interment was Monday, Dec. 31 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery with full military honors.
Arrangements were by The Cremation Society of Minnesota.