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Memorial Services Friday for Charles Roth, Sr., 90

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Charles Merritt Roth, Sr., age 90 of Chesterton, IN, passed away comfortably and peacefully at home on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

He was born on February 25, 1928, in Catasauqua, PA, to Lewis and Grace (Stauffer) Roth.

Charles (Chuck Sr.) is survived by his daughters, Karyn (Mike) Hartney of Golden, CO, and Cynthia Roth of Chicago, IL; son Charles “Chuck” (Annette) Roth Jr., of Chesterton, IN; grandchildren, Alex Hartney of Golden, CO, Andrew and Hannah Roth of Chesterton, IN.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Barbara (Chickie) Roth; parents; brothers, Lewis and John Roth; and sister, Elsie Hotchkiss.

Chuck Sr. was raised in Pennsylvania and loved nature, hunting, fishing, gardening, and being outdoors. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed on the island of Guam. After his military service he returned to Pennsylvania and worked for the local newspaper. Chuck Sr. moved to Chicago, IL, to attend school where he met his wife Barbara (Chickie) Roth. In 1959, looking for a small community to raise their family, they moved to Chesterton, IN, with their three young children. He worked in the field of lithography and commuted to Chicago, then eventually Elmhurst, IL, for thirty years until retiring in 1988.

In 1980, he and his son Chuck Jr., purchased the Chesterton Feed and Garden Center. There he made acquaintances and friendships that he cherished for life. He actively worked until his recent illness in 2016.

Chuck Sr. was best known for his friendly manner and his kind and fair nature. He had a keen sense of humor and loved using it any chance he could. He enjoyed the small community of Chesterton, which he made his home.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304, with Chaplain Craig Forwalter officiating.

Memorial visitation will take place on Friday, November 16, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service.

The family will have a private graveside burial at Ridgewood Memorial Park Cemetery, in Des Plaines, IL.

Memorial donations can be made to the VNA Foundation, 501 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Online condolences to the family may be made at


Posted 11/14/2018




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