LaVerne Roth was game warden here
LaVerne Roth, 89, of Sioux Falls, died June 28, 2013, at Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 8, 2013, at First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls.
Burial was in Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, under the direction of Miller Funeral Home of Sioux Falls.
LaVerne Edgar Roth was born March 3, 1924 in Mansfield to Robert and Edith Roth. He was class valedictorian of the Class of 1942 at Cresbard High School. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army in the Southwest Pacific and in the military government in occupied Japan.
In 1951, LaVerne married Gloria Perry in Cresbard.
His 33-year career with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks began as game warden and later regional supervisor in Lemmon, Aberdeen and Mobridge.
LaVerne was an avid outdoorsman, a Boy Scout leader and a member of the South Dakota Peace Officers, Elks, Moose, Rotary and sportsman clubs. As a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW, he served as commander of several posts.
Grateful for having shared his life is his wife of 62 years, Gloria; along with their three children, Clayton (Chris) Roth of Lake Oswego, Ore., Karen (Randy) Reinartz of Sioux Falls and Brenda (Charles III) Callahan of Rochester, N.Y.; three brothers, Gary (Jan) Roth of Fairbanks, Alaska, Robert (Enid) Roth Jr. of Spearfish and Allen (Irene) Roth of Mesa, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Elaine Roth of Aberdeen; eight grandchildren, Kate Roth of Lake Oswego, Beth Lubbers, Tata Whiting and Luke Houlihan of Sioux Falls, and Charlene Borden, Miriam Callahan and Brandon Callahan of Rochester; and seven great-grandchildren.
LaVerne was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Elmer Roth and his son-in-law Terry Houlihan.