Reverend Dr. Veryl C. Roth, 80, of Huntington passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born December 27, 1939, in Archbold, Ohio to Kenneth A. and Florence (Rupp) Roth. He was married August 27, 1960, in Archbold, Ohio to Norma Burkholder.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in 1949 and was baptized in the Evangelical Mennonite Church in 1950. He served the Lord in many capacities, serving churches in many states including, Massachusetts, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado. The first church he served out of seminary was Berne Evangelical Church, where he will be buried. Other Indiana churches he pastored include Avalon Missionary Church in Fort Wayne, Union Church in Huntington and several United Methodist Churches including Keystone, Christ Church and Seminary in Roanoke and Pilchers Chapel. He was actively involved in the local communities serving on school boards, chamber of commerce, high school accountability committee, Rotary, Youth for Christ, and ministerial associations. He was the executive chairman of Western Slope Satellite Committee for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusade in Denver, Colorado. He also helped found and direct the 5th Quarter Youth Ministries in several communities. He and his wife conducted marriage and family enrichment seminars and also directed youth camps at Miracle Camp in Lawton, Michigan.
He graduated from Archbold High School, received the following higher education degrees: Bachelor’s Degree from Taylor University in Upland; Bachelors of Divinity from Gordon Divinity School from Hamilton, Massachusetts; Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling, St. Francis College in Fort Wayne; and Doctorate of Ministry from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. Additional studies were done at Adrian College, Capital University, Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Central Michigan University and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He and his wife loved to travel which included trips to Europe, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece and Puerto Rico. In addition to leisure travel, mission trips were to Russia, Haiti, Kenya and seven months in the Dominican Republic.
His hobbies included cutting wood, landscaping, drawing plans and building homes, churches, various church camp buildings and office buildings, and fishing with the grandchildren.
The family would like to extend a big thank you to Southern Care Hospice for their loving care, especially Samantha, Jo, John, and Greg.
He is survived by his wife of Huntington; three sons, Rev. Gregory (Debra) Roth of Huntington; David (fiancé, Anna St. Peter) Roth of Delta, Colorado; and Nathan (Amber) Roth, M.D. of Zionsville; daughter, Cynthia (Chris) Johnson of Potomac Falls, Virginia; two sisters, LuAnn (Ron) Fielitz of Jefferson, Tennessee; and Mary Ellen (Ed) Fambrough of Titusville, Florida; two brothers, Dr. Samuel (Evangeline) Roth of Ada, Michigan; and Virgil (Lynn) Roth, J.D. of Pasadena, California; nine grandchildren, SPC (P) Clarissa Arndt; Kristin (Vander) Warner; Hannah (Wesley) Kays; Rachel Roth; Isaac Roth; Noelle Roth; Asa St. Peter; Hope Roth; and Rebecca Roth; and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Kays; and Naomi Kays.
Visitation will be Friday, March 6 from 4-8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Guilford St., Huntington and one and a half hours prior to the 11:30 a.m. funeral service Saturday, March 7 at Berne Evangelical Church, 5481S 450W, Berne. Officiating will be Rev. Gregory Roth. Burial will be at Berne Evangelical Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Miracle Camp in Lawton, Michigan or The Veryl C. Roth Scholarship Fund at Taylor University.
Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Yager-Kirchhofer Chapel in Berne. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.