Warren N. Roth

Warren N. Roth

Birth
Death 12 Sep 1944 (aged 21–22)
France
Burial Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 101680660 · View Source
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The Daily Mail
Hagerstown, Maryland
January 3, 1949

Double Military Service Planned

Stewart M. Roth, 54, Rail Official, Dead;
Son's Body Returned

Stewart Milton Roth, 54, widely known local official of the Western Maryland Railway, died suddenly Saturday [Jan. 1, 1949] afternoon at 1 o'clock.

He had suffered for some time from a heart ailment and recently had been hospitalized. He apparently had been on the road to recovery.

Most tragic note of the sudden and unexpected death of Mr. Roth was the fact that his son's body had recently been returned from overseas for reburial and was resting at a local funeral parlor.

His son, Pfc. Warren N. Roth was killed in action in France Sept. 12, 1944, at the age of 22. A double military funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon, since the father was a veteran of World War I.

Mr. Roth, known to his many fellow workers on the Western Maryland as "Sam", started his career on the railroad as a locomotive fireman in April of 1912, working on the Elkins division out of Cumberland. On a furlough from the railroad, he entered military service on September 26, 1917. He served overseas in Co. K of the 313th Infantry and saw much action in the Avocourt, Muse Argonne and Troyan sectors. After the war he returned to Hagerstown and his job on the Western Maryland, and helped to organize the local post of the American Legion, with which he was affiliated until transferring his membership to the B & O R.R. Post in Baltimore, in 1930.

In 1925, Mr. Roth was promoted to travelling fireman and air brake and machinery instructor, in which position he amassed much of the technical knowledge which in later years contributed to his repute as an expert on air brakes and machinery. In 1932 he was made assistant road foreman of engines, and two years later was advanced to road foreman. In 1942 he was promoted to the position which he held at the time of his death, supervisor of locomotive performance.

Mr. Roth was a past president of the New York Air Brake Club and had a host of friends in railroading circles throughout the east. In recent years he spoke before school children in Hagerstown and Cumberland on numerous occasions, and was widely known and loved for his geniality and friendliness. Officials and fellow workers on the Western Maryland were shocked by the unexpected news of his death and regard his passing as a deep loss. He was highly esteemed and respected by all who knew him, whether socially or through business association.

Pfc. Warren N. Roth was a graduate of the Hagerstown High School and had attended Franklin and Marshall College for 2 ½ years prior to his enlistment in the Army on February 20, 1943. He took his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and later received advanced combat engineering training at Camp White, Oregon. He was serving in General Patton's Army in France at the time of his death in 1944. Both father and son were members of the Washington Square M. E. Church and Sunday school.

Surviving Mr. Roth besides his wife, Mrs. Irene Shank Roth, are brothers, DeCoursy, Cumberland, and Russel P., Oakland; sister, Mrs. Marguerite Bowser, Dayton, Ohio, and stepson, William E. Lewis, Baltimore.

Funeral services for father and son will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the Washington Square M. E. church, Rev. Charles LeFew officiating, assisted by Rev. W. M. Norment. The bodies will lie in state at the church from 1 o'clock until the time of the services and military honor for both bodies will be accorded at the Rest Haven cemetery where interment will take place. Friends may call any time at the Suter funeral home.

Acting as pallbearers for Mr. Roth will be F. R. Knapp, W. O. Cottingham, Sr., J. L. Triplett, H. Dixon, C. H. Paige and I. B. Chambers.

Honorary pallbearers include: G. R. Haworth, C. R. Zarfoss, E. C. Shreve, P. S. Parsons, F. W. Petit, C. J. Wolfe, J. Y. Hartzell, L. H. Meredith, J. A. Abbott, J. M. Miller, H. M. Smith, O. H. Hornbaker, C. W. Brown, Jr., E. F. Phillips, E. G. Reese, E. H. Koons, R. S. Welty, W. H. Dorsey, F. Dotson, H. W. Reed, G. R. Lytning, N. H. Gardner, Fred Langdon, J. F. Craig, Bard Browne, J. M. Hall, M. A. Foss, R. H. Jenkins, T. B. Davis and many others.

The tentative list of pallbearers for Pfc. Warren Roth includes: D. T. Cottingham, Ralph Roth, Thomas Jackson, Arthur Kiracofe, William King, Ralph Bowers, Robert Bowman, Arthur Miller, Jack McGlaughlin, Lloyd Hahn, Kenneth Sodergren, Gilbert Thurston, Roy Spickler, and John Barger.
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The Morning Herald
Hagerstown, Maryland
April 5, 1946

Organ Chimes To Be Dedicated Sunday
Chimes Are Memorial for Mrs. Lucie Roth and Son, Warren Roth

The new memorial organ chimes are to be dedicated in an impressive dedicatory service at Washington Square Methodist Church on Sunday morning at 11 o'clock.

The chimes are the gift of Stewart M. Roth, given as a memorial to his wife, Mrs. Lucie Roth, who was for many years well known in church and civic circles in Hagerstown; and their son, Warren Roth, who was killed in the early days of the invasion of France. These elite organ chimes have just been installed by the M. P. Moller Pipe Organ Company. They are twenty-five bell chimes and are said to be the largest and best organ chimes in any church in Hagerstown, other chimes being twenty-one and twenty-three bell chimes.

The minister, the Rev. Charles M. LeFew, will speak on "Music in Worship." He will also read a poem written as a tribute to Mrs. Roth and another of his own poems, "The Voice of the Chimes."

The choir will sing the Gloria from the Twelfth Mass by Mozart.

In the evening at 7:30, the choir will sing, "Rejoice, the Lord is King," Nolte. The minister will preach from the topic, "Official Dishonesty," this being the fourth in the series on "The Judgment of the Cross."

At the Lenten service on Wednesday evening at 7:30, the minister will speak on "Heckling Jesus."

The Official Board meets Monday evening at 7:30 in the social hall. The Church Board of Education meets Wednesday evening at 9 o'clock.


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  • Added: 3 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101680660
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Warren N. Roth (1922–12 Sep 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101680660, citing Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Genealogy Nut (contributor 47077820) .