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“Family of Ivan Roth, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have many fond memories of the Town & Country days. I enjoyed your family very...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: John Groene - Eldridge, IA

“Ivan was such a great follower of his grandchildren and all of their activities, whether it be science club, cross county runs or basketball games. ...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Bob and Robyn Lamb - Mt. Carroll, IL

“Ivan & Elsie did so much for Donnellson and the Community. Ivan will be sorely missed by the Community. I'm sure Elsie & the Kids / Grandkids /...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Dennis Krehbiel - Donnellson, IA

“To live in hearts we leave behind - Is not to die. - Karen Weber, Christian and Ben Behrendt ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Weber - Germany

“WE WERE SADDEN TO HEAR OF IVANS DEATH BUT HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED WITH THE BIG SMILE. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH ALL OF THE FAMILY AND REMEMBER ALL...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: KENNETH AND NOMA KRAMER - IA

“Prayers are with the Roth family during this difficult time. May the reflections of Ivan's life get you thru the hardest of times and put smiles on...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Lori Mehl - West Point, IA

“A Reflection on an Autumn Day I took up a handful of grain and let it slip flowing through my fingers, and I said to myself This is what it is all...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Barbara and Siegfried Weber

“So sorry to hear of Ivan's passing, we will miss him a lot. The one thing I will always remember is that he had the biggest smile of anyone I know,...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Ralph and Glenda Newbanks - IA

“Our deepest sympathy to Elsie and all of Ivans family and friends - we will miss him and will honor his memory. Mark, Nicole with Max & Tom Weber ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Mark Weber - GERMANY


Ivan L. Roth, 83, of Fort Madison, Iowa, formerly of Donnellson, Iowa, went to his Heavenly home at 10:42 a.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Fort Madison.

Born August 25, 1931 in rural Donnellson, Iowa the son of Elmer and Ella (Bentzinger) Roth. On July 22, 1956 he married Elsie Irene Morton at the Union Presbyterian Church in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie, of 58 years, daughter Marjorie (Gary) Lightfoot, Son Les (Lora) Roth and daughter Miriam (Kurt) Freesmeier all of Donnellson, Iowa. Granddaughters Jamilee Lightfoot, Brittani Patterson, Danika and Sara Roth. Grandsons Jason, Justin, Jordan Lightfoot, DJ Freesmeier and Brady Roth. As well as six great grandchildren, sister-in-law Beth Roth and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Harold and Wayne (Shorty) Roth.

Ivan attended Fairview Elementary School and graduated from Donnellson High School in 1949. He served in the Army for two years, from 1953 to 1955, being stationed in Germany for fifteen months.

Ivan was a livestock and grain farmer, he also was a DeKalb Seed dealer for thirty years. He, his wife and family owned and operated Town and Country Grocery and Restaurant in Donnellson from 1983 to 1995. He chaired the American Red Cross Blood Drive for twenty years. Ivan was a member of the American Legion Post #474 for thirty two years, serving as commander several times. He and his wife helped organize the activities and promoted Donnellson Apple Daze. He was a dedicated Donnellson Lions Club thirty one year member, helping with many activities raising funds to provide help to individuals in developing countries, as well as helping organizing aid (monetary and necessary physical aid) for tornado and hurricane victims, within our state and beyond. He was an officer of the local club nearly every year and several times held district level offices. He helped with eye screenings of youngsters and collected used eye glasses to be sent to individuals in areas of great need. He had a special interest in the Seeing Eye Leader Dog for the Blind program. He was honored by the Lions for his dedicated humanitarian service with the Melvin Jones Fellowship (the highest international award), the Progressive Melvin Jones for outstanding leadership and he received the Warren Coleman Award (highest in the state) for outstanding service. Family and friends know of Ivan's characteristic of being a compassionate and caring person. It might have been a small neighborly deed of cleaning snow from driveways or taking friends to doctor appointments and caring for loved ones in their home.

He had a strong faith, a profound dedication to the Lord and served Him in humanitarian and spiritual ways. He enjoyed singing praises to the Lord in the choir for many years and serving on many church committees and attending the UCC or First Christian Church very regularly with family.

Friends may call and view the body from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12,2014 at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson, Iowa. Viewing will resume with the family meeting friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Keokuk, Iowa for an informal gathering of remembrance.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, 2014 at the First Christian Church in Keokuk with Reverend David Turner and Reverend Bill Mitchell officiating. Burial will be at the Evangelical Cemetery in Donnellson following the service with military rites by the Donnellson American Legion Post #474.

Memorials may be made in his memory for the Lions' Leader Dog Program or the Donnellson American Legion.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneral home.com The Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson is assisting the family with arrangements.