Conrad Warren Roth, 84, Navy deep sea diving captain who surrounded himself with German Shepherds

Conrad Warren Roth
Conrad Warren Roth

Conrad Warren Roth, of Virginia Beach, died Oct. 7, 2015, at the age of 84.

He was born to Max and Ruth Roth on Feb. 13, 1931, in a raging snow storm at the hospital in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He had three older brothers, Donald, Fredrick and John, who later became known as Randall.

His early youth involved moving to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, at the age of 5 and living at 728 Zimbal Ave. He attended Grant Grade School and North High School. Then he went to the University of Wisconsin. Subsequently, he attended Lacrosse State College where he graduated with honors and married Constance Marie Roth.

Conrad was an athlete all his life. At Grant, he played softball when he wasn’t in school. In the winter, it was ice skating and basketball. His first year in high school he grew from 5’8” to 6’5”. He expanded his sports range to football, varsity basketball, track and field, golf and tennis. His studies maintained a high average.

It was only natural that he pursued a career in physical/health education, which he did. Commingling with the education curriculum was the Naval Reserve which Conrad joined when he was 18. He attended weekly meetings and spent his summers in training, rising in rank to QM2. Conrad graduated from Lacrosse in 1954.

Shortly after graduation he entered the U.S. Navy as an ensign and was assigned to the PCE 846 in New Orleans. This was the start of a highly successful career with Conrad rising in rank from ensign to captain. He had many commands and saw a majority of the South Pacific, including China, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam and Australia, plus many small islands like Ponape, Midway, Johnson, Marcus, etc.

In 1957, Conrad married Elizabeth Baldwin Roth and the two traveled to San Diego where he was assigned to the Hopewell (DD681). Conrad was married to Elizabeth for 23 years. During their time together they adopted two wonderful children. First, Leanne Marie, then two years later a boy, Patrick Kirk. Patrick died in 2006 of a heart attack. Unfortunately, Elizabeth died in March 1994 of cancer.

Conrad retired from the Navy in February 1982. He immediately went to work as a consultant. First with CACI, then with TRW for 15 years as the onsite Navy representative for new ship construction. In 1984, he married Roberta McCarthy Roth. They had two wonderful daughters, Stacey Anne and Kari Ashley.

Due to increasing medical problems, Conrad retired from TRW in 2000. Throughout his later life, Conrad surrounded himself with German Shepherds. Their names were Laddie, Timber, Pedar, Smoky, Reike, Clipper and Braveheart. In 2010 Conrad separated from Roberta and moved to a retirement home and lived peacefully with his companion, Braveheart.

Surviving him are his three daughters, Leanne, Stacey and Kari.

In conclusion, Conrad lived a wonderful and exciting life to the fullest. He traveled to many parts of the world. Adventure was a given from being a deep sea diver to being in combat on and off the coast of Vietnam and the South China Sea. His three great loves where his daughters, faithful German Shepherd companions and a cigar. God Bless.

The family will hold a private service for him at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Beach Funeral & Cremation Services.

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