Harley Roth

Jim Roth

October 27, 1933 - February 22, 2020
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Jim was born on October 27, 1933, in Rapid City, SD, to Harley and Julia (McFarland) Roth. His mother died when he was five months old, and Jim was raised by his maternal grandparents, George and Mamie McFarland. He attended rural school north of Rapid City, grades 7 and 8 at Cleghorn School, high school at Rapid City High School, and college at Colorado State College in Fort Collins.
He married Juanita in 1953. They lived in Fort Collins while Jim attended college, and then returned to the Black Hills and built their home north of Sturgis. He became the manager of the Sturgis Livestock Exchange in 1961, after an airplane accident took the life of his father, Harley. Jim was also a business entrepreneur and was involved with land development and home construction.
Jim was a skilled border collie dog handler, a champion team roper who hosted roping schools at his arena, and an avid golfer. In his later years, he enjoyed playing Texas Hold ‘em in Deadwood, learning to play the steel guitar, observing bluebirds and wildlife, making nurses and pretty women smile, and watching sports on TV, especially his Golden State Warriors.
While Jim was a reserved and modest man, he was a staunchly determined individual. Whatever he set his mind to, he did with the highest degree of quality and to the best of his ability. He had a strong work ethic and persevered through difficulties. He was creative and inventive. Jim didn’t just manage the Sturgis Livestock Exchange, he ensured it was one of the first in the country where “the ring is the scale.” He didn’t just take part in team roping, he designed hydraulic machines to help teams train. He didn’t just raise border collies, he helped to get the sheep dog time trials started at the Black Hills Stock Show and served as event coordinator for several years.
Jim Roth, 86, a long time Sturgis resident, died Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Monument Hospice House in Rapid City.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Dr. Susie Roth, Rapid City; his son, Randy Roth (Cheryl), New Mexico; a sister, Linda Budin, Colorado; four grandchildren, Seth Hahn (Ann Vardeman), New Jersey, Ashley Burkhead, Rapid City, Nathan Roth, Nevada, and Diana Dewey (Ben), Minnesota; and four great-grandchildren, Miriam and Jakob Hahn and Daniel and Lucy Dewey.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita; his parents, Harley and Julia; and his sister, Wilma.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, with visitation one hour prior to the services. Following the services, burial will take place at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to Monument Hospice House or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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  • Funeral Service

    February 29, 2020 | 2:00pm
    February 29, 2020 2:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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    Pastor Harold Delbridge
  • Interment

    February 24, 2020 | 3:00pm
    February 24, 2020 3:00pm
    Bear Butte Cemetery
    1147 Sherman Street
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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Kurt and Judy Simon

Posted at 02:25pm
Condolences to all the Roth family. We knew Jim through the sale barn and he was our cattle buyer for several years, did a great job buying calves for us. A good guy to have known. Kurt and Judy Simon

Kaye and Norm Allison

Posted at 08:12pm
Susie, Randy and sister Linda: love to all three of you. Many sad days and months ahead of all of you in different ways. For you Linda some growing up years the best brother he was, Maybe not where you wanted him to be, but I know he was always wanting good things for you. For you my nephew, always wanted to do everything perfect for your Dad and u did and he was so proud of you. And Susie you were the apple of his eye with few disappointments. And I know you did everything you could to make his last months comfortable. Your Dad provided for his family and always wanted the best for all. Rest In Peace Jimmy and I know you are happy to Be with the Love of your Life forevermore.

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Posted at 07:11pm
We'll miss you grandpa! So many great memories of spending time growing up on the ranch with family. Love you!
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Barbara Shepardson

Posted at 03:48pm
Randy and Susan and families, So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. God be with all of you
in the time of mourning. Barbie Anderson (Shepardson)

Wes Roth

Posted at 12:41pm
So sorry for your loss. Jim was a great man and I loved talking to him at the Roth reunions we had. My Dad (Bob) always loved Jim and talking with him and sharing all the great memories. Praying for your family at this difficult time.

Wes, Kim, Kaleb and Elsie Roth
Summerset SD

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