Stanley Rankin Roth, 78, lifelong resident of Whitewater, Kansas, peacefully entered into his eternal home on January 22, 2022, surrounded by family and the love of his life for over 60 years, Marcia Roth. Stanley, the eldest of six siblings, was born to Robert T. (Bob) & Alma M. (Brockway) Roth on August 3, 1943, in Newton, KS.
Stanley attended Whitewater High School (’62) where he excelled in athletics. He held nine school records in track and was known to be one of the fastest runners in the state of Kansas. The speed he held in track also played out well on the football field causing opposing coaches to stay up late trying to figure out how they could stop #20!
High school was also where he met the love of his life, Marcia Peterson, and on December 27, 1963, they married and began the celebration that would faithfully endure for over 58 years. For most of their married life, Marcia & Stanley had a huge (and I do mean HUGE) garden. They enjoyed spending time together in the garden and sharing that bounty with family and friends. Stanley was a hard worker. He began his career at the Whitewater Flour Mill and worked there for several years before he went to work with his dad building homes. He could do or build just about anything – a gift he inherited from his father. Stanley spent many years in the home-building business beside his father, developing and honing his talents. He took great pride in using his gifts to ensure that business facility operations ran smoothly, and in 1984 he became head of Facilities at Wheat State Manor nursing home, doing just that; retiring from Wheat State Manor after 21 years.
But more than his unique gifts, talents and abilities, Stanley will be best remembered for the way he made everyone he came in contact with feel special. Stanley never had an unkind word to say about anyone and it wasn’t possible to be around him without walking away with a smile on your face. He had a laugh that was contagious and his quiet, unassuming, and genuine personality made everyone he touched completely comfortable and joyful in his presence. Stanley’s impact on others could be measured by a million, little, behind the scenes stories that few know about. Once such story is how one of the residents at Wheat State Manor had a precious, porcelain, cat fall off her dresser and break into many pieces. Most people would have just swept it up and threw it away. No, not Stanley. Stanley glued it all back together to present back to her. You could hardly tell it had ever been broken and this token of kindness meant the world to her. He was just like that. His family and friends were proud to call him husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend and the lasting impact he left on those who knew and loved him cannot be measured.
Marcia and Stanley were blessed with three children, Robert, Allison, and Jason. Stanley loved his family wholeheartedly and demonstrated that daily with his kind, compassionate, loving, committed, and dependable ways. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were completely drawn to him and loved him dearly.
Stanley was greeted in heaven by his father and mother, Bob & Alma Roth, and his sister, Marilyn McEwin. And until they meet again, Stanley is survived by his wife, Marcia J. Roth; son, Robert Roth (Monica) of Elbing, KS; daughter, Allison Lorson (Jon) of Glenwood, IA; and son, Jason Roth of Whitewater, KS; four grandchildren: Bryce Roth (Samantha), Ben Roth (Marina), Ian Lorson and Avery Lorson, as well as two great-grandchildren: Elise Roth and Lawson Stanley Roth. Stanley also precedes his siblings: Larry Roth (Linda) of Wichita, Gary Roth (Janet) of North Newton, Janice Miller of Strong City, Ken Roth (Cindy) of Wichita, and Patti Warren of El Dorado, as well as numerous other extended family and friends.
Sometimes, life can take us down a path that can both surprise and bless. This happened for Stanley and his siblings late in life when they discovered they had one full and two half-siblings! Dennis Dodson (Pam), Carolyn Wilson (Harry) and Marilyn McEwin (deceased) were joyfully integrated and welcomed into the family. What a blessing it was for Stanley to be able to spend time with two of his new-found siblings prior to his passing.
A private graveside service will be held for the family at the Whitewater Cemetery on January 29, 2022, with a come and go Celebration of Life Service to follow for family and friends at Grace Hill Winery in Whitewater, KS, from 2-4pm. Memorials have been established at Wheat State Manor Nursing Home in Whitewater, KS, and with Jack Van Impe Ministries. All donations may be sent directly to Lamb Funeral Home at P.O. Box 358, Whitewater, KS 67154, in memory of Stanley Roth. Please sign his online guest book and leave a memory of Stanley at www.yazelmeglifh.com