December 14, 2017
CALIFORNIA - James Evan (Jim) Roth, 84, passed away December 14, 2017, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, Calif.
He was born in Davenport, Iowa, on August 24, 1933, to Freda and Walter Roth. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1952 and attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport.
He joined the Army during the Korean Conflict and toured the European Theatre as an Engineer, constructing roads throughout Italy, Germany, & France. After serving, he returned to Davenport and the Daily Times press room, where he spent over 30 years prior to being asked to join the L.A. Daily News in 1984.
In earlier years, Jim, along with his wife, owned and published the What Cheer Patriot Chronicle in What Cheer, Iowa. He was a member of Governor Robert Ray's press staff, and received journalism awards from the University of Iowa School of Journalism.
He was an avid football fan, and was a Golden Hawk for the University of Iowa football team. You could find him on any given game day sitting under the press box.
Jim was a lifelong member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Davenport, and later attended Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks, CA. Jim was a 50-year member of Philbrook Lodge, now Davenport Lodge 37 AF & AM, and a 50-year member of Mohassan Grotto. He was Past Worshipful Master of Philbrook Lodge, and Past Worthy Patron of Trinity Chapter #541, Order of the Eastern Star.
He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Eva (Eve) Corbett Roth, his two daughters, Alicia (Tim) Holder and Angela (Jeff) Levy, a granddaughter, Alexandra Levy, and a grandson, Joseph Levy, all residents of Los Angeles, CA.
Following gravesite services, Mr. Roth will be interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA.