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Harold Roth

Harold Melroy Roth

Tuesday, April 24th, 1945 - Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
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74, of Cass City, died following a brief illness Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Covenant Healthcare Harrison Campus, Saginaw. He was born April 24, 1945 in Milwaukee, WI to Joseph and Lorraine (Wehr) Roth. He married Ilse Straub on April 29, 1965 in Heidelberg, Germany.

Harold served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era as a truckmaster. He hauled water while stationed in Germany. Harold and Ilse enjoyed visiting family that lived in Michigan and later moved here permanently. Harold worked for UPS in Saginaw and was promoted to manager in 1979 before relocating to Cass City. He became self-employed as the owner of the Deford Country Store until 1994. Harold was fond of deer hunting, cutting wood and fishing the Cass River. He was one of the first official local game measurers for Commemorative Bucks of Michigan in the Thumb Area. Harold supported local sports teams and enjoyed many day trips to casinos. He loved his grandchildren and the time spent with them.

Harold is survived by his wife Ilse; sons: Dieter (Melissa Miron) Roth of Cass City; Jurgen (Kris) Roth of Cass City; grandchildren: Kelton Roth, Zachary McCreedy, Matthew Roth, Paige Roth; sister, Pearl Sanders of Milwaukee, WI; brother, Earl (Donna) Roth of Milwaukee, WI. Harold is preceded in death by his sisters: Joann Lanaghan, Nancy Wartman; brother, Joseph Roth, Jr.

Graveside service held 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2019 in Elkland Township Cemetery with Sam Leppert, Funeral Service Celebrant officiating. Military honors conducted by Cass City V.F.W. Post #3644 and the U.S. Army. Memorials may be made to a Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
Debra L. Kranz, 989-872-2195
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  • Service

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, September 20th, 2019 11:00am
    Elkland Township Cemetery
    6897 E. Cass City Road
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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    Sam Leppert, Funeral Service Celebrant
  • Interment

    Elkland Township Cemetery
    6897 E. Cass City Road
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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Gabriele Philka

Posted at 09:16am
Dear Ilse and Family,
We were so very sorry to hear of Harry's death. He was a good, kind and gentle soul with a great sense of humor who could out eat anyone and never gain a pound (unlike the rest of us ha, ha). We have so many happy memories of days gone by as family when we lived closer and were able to see each other much more often. We loved Harry and will miss him very much. He will be forever in our hearts. Rest in peace Harry.


Jeff, Gabi, Rachel, Matt & Andrew

Posted at 01:40pm
Dear Ilse and Family, May God be with you and bring you comfort at this difficult time. With our heartfelt sympathy, love and hugs.
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Posted at 08:06pm
Ilse and family,

So sad to hear of Harry's passing. I have great memories of when you and Harry operated the store in Deford. When we needed a sponsor for our Deford slow pitch softball team Harry did not think twice about doing it. You and Harry ran a great little store!
Our sincere sympathy to you and family.

Dale & Patty Churchill
Deford, MI

Thresa and Tony

Posted at 03:10pm
Sorry for your loss he will be missed by many. Thersa and Tony
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