Morton Franklyn Roth
December 23, 1934 - May 21, 2021
Morton Roth passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021 at the New York State Veterans Home in Montrose, New York. He was 86 years old. The son of the late Leon and Sally Germaine Roth, he was born on December 23, 1934 in New York, NY. He was predeceased by his wife, Bobbie Roth and his sister, Carol Roth.
Mort graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1957 and proudly served his country as an Army Engineer Officer for the next thirty years spanning the globe to include, Bolivia, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Italy, and Panama. His final tour was as the Commander of the Cold Region Research Engineering Lab in Hanover, New Hampshire. He retired as a highly decorated Full Bird Colonel and then put his engineering skills to work for the Public Works of Fairfax County, Virginia.
Mort was an avid fisherman, furniture builder and devoted husband, brother, uncle, father, and grandfather. He was liked by many and always willing to lend a helping hand, especially when it came to large and small home repair projects. As a cadet, Mort aspired to be in the Air Force, but when poor vision redirected him to the Corps of Engineers, he eventually circled back and obtained his private pilot license. When not soaring the friendly skies, you could find Mort flying his model airplanes. Mort was a consummate entertainer and had more jokes than Don Rickles.
As a husband, Mort was selflessly devoted his Bobbie, the love of his life and for almost 60 years Mort made Bobbie’s happiness the number one priority in his life. As a father, he provided both of his sons with iron will and a determination to succeed. They both followed him into the military and continued an unbroken family tradition dating back to World War One. Mort will be sorely missed by all and never forgotten. He now joins the long Grey line after a lifetime of devoted military service buried with past generations of West Pointers ready to welcome future generations. Be thou at Peace.
Survivors include his sons: Scott Roth and his wife, Melissa of Greenwich, CT; and Eric J. Roth of Frisco, CO; and his beloved grandchildren: Samantha, Caroline, Julia, and Avery.
A Chapel Service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on June 9, 2021 at West Point Jewish Chapel in West Point, NY. Interment will follow at West Point Cemetery.