John Roth

Obituary of John Roth

John J. Roth of Jacksonville passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at his residence.

He was born April 20, 1933 in Kampsville Illinois the son of John Jacob Roth and Elizabeth Catherine Nordbusch Roth.


He married Patricia Ann Craddock December 26, 1953, and she preceded him in death on March 23, 2000 after 47 years of marriage.


In 2006 he found love again with Marie Coonen, the surviving spouse of John's very best friend of 58 years Jack Coonen. Together John and Marie enjoyed a wonderful life until John’s passing.


John is survived by three sons, J. Thomas (Kathryn) Roth of Arlington Texas, Joseph T. (Diana) Roth of Jacksonville, David J. Roth of Springfield, one daughter (deceased), Lori A.(Don)Olendzki of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also Bill (Lori) Coonen, their children and grandchildren of Virden, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Margaret Mary Caskey, Eunice Helen Keehner, Leona Josephine Deeder.


John moved to Jacksonville, IL in 1937. He attended Our Saviour Grade School, Routt High School and graduated in 1951. He attended Hardin-Brown Business College and graduated in 1953 with degree in Business Administration. He joined the U.S. Navy Feb. 4, 1953 and was assigned to the Destroyer USS Basilone for 4 years as Electronics Technician 2nd Class. He was released from active duty Feb. 4 1957 and served 4 years in Naval Reserve with an Honorable Discharge in 1961. He joined IBM Corp. Feb 1957 as Customer Service Representative where he was responsible for maintenance and repair of data processing computers. He retired from IBM in May 1987.


John was a life member of VFW, Jacksonville Post 1379. He served on the Combined Veteran's Ceremonial Team over 30 years honoring deceased veterans.


He was a member of the Church of Our Saviour where he sang in the choir for several years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, 3 cushion billiards and stained-glass work.


A funeral mass will celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Church of Our Saviour with burial at Calvary Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday at Williamson Funeral Home. A prayer service will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project. Condolences may be left online at