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Wilford M. Roth, farmer, golf course operator

April 6, 1928 – June 18, 2014

Wilford M. “Bill” Roth of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of Akron, who farmed and operated a golf course, died Wednesday after a lengthy illness. He was 86.

Born in Clarence, he attended Parker High School while working on his family’s dairy farm, where they grew crops, milked cows and raised various livestock.

In his youth, he played the saxophone in a band and enjoyed bowling.

Mr. Roth took over the family farm from his father in 1962, increasing the farm size to over 100 head of Holstein cows. In 1969, he purchased a small par 3 golf course in Akron, naming it Rothland Golf Course. For two years, he operated both businesses before selling the farm in 1971.

A member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for 40 years, he developed Rothland Golf Course into a successful 27-hole regulation course, and built a pro shop, restaurant and banquet facility.

After selling Rothland Golf Course in 1991, he and his wife retired to homes in Akron, Cape Coral, Fla., and Chautauqua Lake.

A member of Fox Valley Country Club, he enjoyed playing golf, boating, and building outdoor furniture during retirement.

His wife of 60 years, the former Teresa E. Keem, died in 2010.

Survivors include two sons, Duane and Gary; two daughters, RaeLea Jacobson and Lynne Logan; two sisters, Arlene White and Barbara Graham; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services are private.

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