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“So sorry for previous message. Spellcheck. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. Many thoughts being sent your way. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Michel Carter - Coralville, IA

“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 ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Michele Carter - Coralville, IA

“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...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“.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...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Shirley & Donald Sobczak - IA

“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...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Paul & Marian Snyder - Friend

“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...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jan peterseim - Kalona, IA

“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. ...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Marilyn Culver - Hills, IA

“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...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Daniel and Donna Hayslett - IA

“So sorry for your loss. Mel was a wonderful, talented, super nice person and will be greatly missed. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Tami Stevens - Lincoln, DE

“Marty, so sorry to hear of your dads passing, he was such a nice man. Know you and your family are in our prayers. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Dave and Dede Ollendick - Hills, IA

“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...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Lance and Linda Ganka - IA

“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...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Tim and Lucinda Shaver - Flippin, AR

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.