Melvin D. Roth

  • Born: October 16, 1935
  • Died: March 9, 2016
  • Location: Coralville, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

Melvin D. Roth, 80, longtime Coralville resident died suddenly, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Monday, March 14, 2016, at First Mennonite Church in Iowa City, with burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 pm Sunday, March 13th, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Iowa Mennonite High School and Mennonite Disaster Service in Melvin's memory. Online condolences can be sent for his family through the funeral home website @

Melvin Dean Roth was born October 16, 1935, in Milford, NE the son of Joseph L. and Rosa (Stutzman) Roth. Melvin was one of 11 children growing up on the family farm. He moved to Iowa and attended Iowa Mennonite School the last two years of high school. On September 20, 1958, he married Alice Leichty in Wayland, Iowa. The couple made their home in Coralville, raising their five children. Melvin worked in the construction trade as a carpenter either as self-employed or for a number of different firms throughout the years, retiring at the age of 62. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and simply tinkering on most anything from cars to his yard and garden. For a number of years you would see him driving his restored 1930 Model A in area parades. He later found a 1957 Chevy that became his car of choice. He loved watching sports and cheering on the Hawkeyes. Melvin was a man of strong faith, and sincere love for all of his family!

He is survived by his wife, Alice; their children, Marty Roth (Selina), Becky Van Houwe (Dave), Dan Roth (Teri), Donna Stutsman (Scott), and Joanna Hildreth; 8 grandchildren, Jonathan and Lauren Van Houwe, Tiffany and Shelby Roth, Logan and Brooke Stutsman, Jamie and Kelsey Hildreth; Melvin's brother, Glen Roth; brothers-in-law, Vernon Leichty (Karen), Ronnie Leichty (Karen), Clarence Leichty (Julie), Leland Leichty (Esther); sisters-in-law, Jeanene Roth and Dorothy Leichty, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 brothers and 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Melvin's family and his services.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry for previous message. Spellcheck. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. Many thoughts being sent your way.

Posted by Michel Carter - Coralville, IA - Friend   March 13, 2016

Prayers to you both Marty and Selina. I know how hard it is to lose a patient. Thoughts and prayers sent your way for your loss. MIchele

Posted by Michele Carter - Coralville, IA - Friend   March 13, 2016

We are sad to hear about Mel's passing to his eternal reward. we share our deepest sympathy to Alice and their wonderful family. We are sorry we are unable to share in the celebration of Mel,s life. We have you in our thoughts and prayers.
Willard and Donna Schweitzer

Posted by A friend   March 13, 2016


.Our hearts are tender for your loss ,for we enjoyed Mel very much the times we saw him, mainly at our garage sales with Marty & Selina ( My Daughter). He always walked around checking on things with his tooth-pick and visiting. MAY our Loving Heavenly Father Wrap you all in his love and give you some peace. To feel his presence and the Angels to comfort you.....Blessings and our Love to you all........

Posted by Shirley & Donald Sobczak - North Liberty,, IA - Friend   March 13, 2016

We are sorry to hear of Mel's passing. We always looked forward to meeting up with Mel & Alice in the Rio Grande Valley . Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Paul & Marian

Posted by Paul & Marian Snyder - Waterloo ON Canada - Friend   March 12, 2016

Donna and family

My love, sympathy and prayers are with you during this time. This event isaveryupsetting time. My hope is that your strong faith will carry you all through.
Love and prayers,

Posted by Jan peterseim - Kalona, IA - Friend   March 12, 2016

Donna, Scott and Family, So sorry for your family loss. It is hard to loose a loved one so dear but take comfort in the many memories you have. Our thoughts are with all of you. Marilyn and Larry

Posted by Marilyn Culver - Hills, IA - Friend   March 11, 2016

Alice, Marty, Dan'o and all the family we are sorry for your loss. You will all be in our prayers. Keep all the good memories in your hearts forever. God bless you all.

Posted by Daniel and Donna Hayslett - Iowa City, IA - Friend   March 11, 2016

So sorry for your loss. Mel was a wonderful, talented, super nice person and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Tami Stevens - Lincoln, DE - Friend   March 11, 2016

Marty, so sorry to hear of your dads passing, he was such a nice man. Know you and your family are in our prayers.

Posted by Dave and Dede Ollendick - Hills, IA - Friend   March 11, 2016

So sorry!Marty you should feel that your so much like your dad! He'll live on through you!He was such a great guy!Remember! Always all around you!Luv you guy's

Posted by Lance and Linda Ganka - Coralville, IA - Family   March 11, 2016

We will remember Melvin with joy, knowing we will see him again in Heaven. Remember the hours spent with Melvin and Jasper Roth playing the Mennonite game, who is related to whom, and enjoyed that very much.

Posted by Tim and Lucinda Shaver - Flippin, AR - Friend   March 10, 2016

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