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In Memory of

William Carl Roth

August 18, 1947 - January 9, 2016

Obituary


ROTH, William C., 68, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016. Dear son of the late William A. and Helen M. (nee Harper) Roth; loving brother of Kay (Robert) Swain, Diane Case, and Karen (Langdon Thacher) Roth; dear uncle of Courtney Bressler, Lucie Swain, and Peter Thacher; dear cousin, and friend to many.

Will's talents led him to work in various fields during his life. For nearly a decade, he sold medical devices, and was salesman of the year several times. Unfortunately, health issues caught up with him which led him to change career paths....

ROTH, William C., 68, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016. Dear son of the late William A. and Helen M. (nee Harper) Roth; loving brother of Kay (Robert) Swain, Diane Case, and Karen (Langdon Thacher) Roth; dear uncle of Courtney Bressler, Lucie Swain, and Peter Thacher; dear cousin, and friend to many.

Will's talents led him to work in various fields during his life. For nearly a decade, he sold medical devices, and was salesman of the year several times. Unfortunately, health issues caught up with him which led him to change career paths. He was able to achieve more balance in his life working for Dierberg's Markets. Hereto, he showed his skills of working with people, and his efforts were recognized many times over for going the "extra step" with customers. He was also involved with unions, notably the United Food and Commercial Workers and participated in the 2003 strike against the St. Louis Food Employers' Council. He was also active in his church, and worked for charitable organizations, such as St. Vincent de Paul and Food Outreach. Later, he joined Trinity Episcopal Church in the Central West End, and was active in their food ministry and other activities.
Will's passion was politics. After he retired, he was involved in the campaigns of Missouri governor Jay Nixon, Senator Claire McCaskill and state treasurer Clint Zwiefel. His work in politics also furthered the cause of LGBT and human rights. He served on the boards of the Gateway Stonewall Democrats, Pride St. Louis and the Primetimers. He was on the Governor's Council of PROMO, a member of the Federal Club and Dinner Committee for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and had been involved with various protests.

Will also loved music, and enjoyed and supported the Gateway Men's Chorus. Most of all, Will loved his nieces, nephews, cousins, and his many friends. And let's not forget barbeque. We all know how much Will loved barbeque!

Will had numerous health challenges throughout his life, but somehow managed to persevere and make the most of his life.

SERVICES: The family will receive friends on Friday, January 15, 2016 at KRIEGSHAUSER MORTUARY WEST CHAPEL 9450 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Memorial Service will be 12:00 p.m. Saturday. January 16, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church (Central West End) 600 N. Euclid, St. Louis, MO 63108. Please join the family immediately following the Memorial Service and Burial for a reception at Will's sister's residence: 2630 Russell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Food Outreach or to the Trinity Episcopal Church Food Ministry.

On Saturday, January 16, 2016, following the burial at 2pm at Oak Grove Cemetery, please join us for a reception to celebrate Will's life. It will be held at the home of his sister, Karen Roth. The address is 2630 Russell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63104.