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John William Roth

August 27, 1951 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

John Roth Obituary

 John W. Roth, 72, of the Lake Geneva area passed away on January 2, 2024 surrounded by his family.

John was born on August 27, 1951 in Chicago to the late Gordon and Florence Roth and was a lifelong resident of the Lake Geneva area, having moved  to Williams Bay shortly after birth.

John had a wonderful childhood with three sisters and four brothers living a charmed life on and around his beloved lake. After college and obtaining his Masters Degree in School Business Management, John became the Business Manager for Lake Geneva Joint Schools and Badger High School in 1978. At the time, he was the youngest certified school business manager in the state of Wisconsin. In his 30 years as a school business leader, he served on many state-wide boards, and was routinely sought out for his advice and recommendations. During his tenure at Lake Geneva Schools, John had an outstanding reputation for managing and guiding both the short and long-term fiscal integrity of the districts. He was instrumental in passing several bond measures to maintain and provide new and expanded facilities in both districts, resulting in excellent educational and athletic facilities for our students and community. 

In addition to having an exemplary career in educational leadership, John continued his public service by giving generously of his time and expertise to several local and civic organizations. As a Village Trustee for Williams Bay, he was a deciding vote to preserve the lakefront for future generations, which resulted in the creation of the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy in the early 1980s. John also served on the Sunset Hills Subdivision Board, and in retirement on the Walworth County Board of Adjusters for over a decade.

In his recreational time and retirement years, John was an outstanding golfer and active member and President of the Hillmoor Men’s League golf club, where he made many lifelong friends and enjoyed his passion for golf. John and Sally (wife and loving partner of 37 years) also traveled extensively in the US, Central America and Europe.  

While John had many professional accolades, he considered his greatest title as being the favorite “Unka” (uncle).  All of his many nieces and nephews describe him as being the “fun” uncle, and thank him for his time taking them boating, golfing, teaching them weight lifting, cracking eggs on their heads, walking on the ceiling, and engaging in many lake area activities.

John loved his lake community of neighbors and friends and enjoyed opening his home to them at all times, especially for Packer games!

John entered heaven peacefully, with Sally and the best sisters ever, Suzie and Mosey, at his side surrounding him with love. He was a firm believer in our Savior, Jesus Christ, and shared with Sally that he had seen heaven before his passing, that it was beautiful, filled with happiness and that he was ready to join our Lord.

John is survived by: his wife, Sally, sisters Mary and Rosemary Roth and Danis Zinger, and brothers Gordon and Robert Roth.  He is also survived by sisters-in-law Ruth Linda (Ryberg) Roth, Diane (Spinti) Roth, Suzanne (O’Laughlin) Voutila, Maureen (O’Laughlin) Sharpe, as well as their loving husbands and John’s friends, Jerry Voutila and Jon Sharpe. John’s memory will also be cherished and remembered by his many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Florence, and brothers Richard and Bud.

Memorials may be made to the Badger High School athletic scholarship fund, which will be awarded in his name to a member of the golf team pursuing higher education.

Services for John will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 4:00pm in the main chapel of Derrick Funeral Home. Visitation will precede the service from  1:00pm to 4:00pm.

In the summer of 2024, there will be an additional celebration of John’s life. 

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January 10, 2024

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Derrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services
800 Park Drive
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

Memorial Service
January 10, 2024

4:00 PM
Derrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services
800 Park Drive
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147


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