Randall R. Roth, a 64 year resident of Park Ridge, died on August 20, 2019. He was 97 years old.
Mr. Roth was raised in Sheboygan, WI and acquired the nickname of "Sunshine" in his youth. At 18, he left to attend the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana to pursue the degrees in architecture and graphic design.
His dual major was interrupted when he enlisted in the Army for World War II. He was sent to North Africa with the 39th Combat Engineers who invaded Sicily in the fall of 1943 and then went on to Anzio to eventually liberate Italy. With his design knowledge, Sgt. Roth was the cartographer for his unit.
Upon his discharge from the Army, Mr. Roth married Lorraine, his Sheboygan sweetheart, on January 19, 1946 and resumed his U. of I. studies. He went on to receive his Master's Degree from Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, CA. In 1950, he returned to Chicago to begin his business and eventually design and build his Mid-Century Modern home in Park Ridge.
During his business life, Mr. Roth was a creative and consulting art director specializing in corporate identity systems and integrating the trademark into all graphic media from stationery to advertising to package design to signage. He was intentionally recognized with numerous awards to his credit. Eleven of his trademarks are included in Top Trademarks of the World Since 1945. For over 40 years he was an active member of 27 Chicago Designers, serving as President in the 1970's. He was also mentored numerous aspiring graphic designers throughout the years.
In his spare time, Mr. and Mrs. Roth enjoyed their 160 acre family farm and lake property in northern Wisconsin. It was his favorite place to be and certainly was paradise to those who could visit. Other spare time activities were visiting family and friends, acrylic and watercolor painting, family genealogy research, reading and cross word puzzles.
Mr. Roth was pre-deceased by his parents Max and Ruth Roth, brothers Donald, Frederick and Conrad, and his wife Lorraine. He is survived by his daughter Gale Roth Wolter (Randy), sons Dane Roth (Sarah) and Erik Roth (Lisanne); seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren who will dearly miss "sunshine" and positive outlook.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.