Bill Roth was born in Ellinwood, Kansas on July 21, 1941 to Bob and Mary Roth. He is the third of six children. His siblings are Darlene, Janet, Jack, Alan and Greg. His family moved to Cheyenne Wells in 1951. Bill attended Sacred Heart Catholic school through 8th grade. Then he and his siblings transferred to the Arapahoe school when his family moved to the farm northeast of Cheyenne Wells.
Sandie was born on June 15, 1942 in Burlington, Colorado to Wendell and Ruth Hull. She is the oldest of three children. Her siblings are Pattie and W. W. Sandie spent her entire childhood on the 5 Heart Ranch south of Arapahoe and attended all 12 years of school at the Arapahoe School.
Bill and Sandie started dating when they were seniors, graduating in 1960. They were married on September 9, 1961. (The dirt was blowing!!) They celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2021.
Bill worked for Larsen’s, first in the abstract office and then the lumber yard until they took a huge leap of faith and purchased the Leo Mahlberg farm south of Cheyenne Wells. He also worked in the oilfield as a pumper for Mull Drilling for about seven years while trying to get the farm established. Bill and Sandie have four children: Tami (Ray) Brown, Cassa (Rick) Haney, Craig (Julie) Roth and Tracy (Bryce) Walker. They have 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Sandie worked at two local clothing stores, spent 12 years at the school, and then part time at Prairie in Bloom flower shop. Bill continued to farm and ranch through the good and not so good years but still loves it! They are happy their son, Craig, chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and has gradually taken on more and more of the responsibilities.
Their life has been a busy blur of enjoying four kids’ activities, grandkids’ activities and now even great-grand kids’ activities! They still enjoy cheering on the kids in the community too.
Bill and Sandie moved to town in 1998 and Craig and his family moved to the farm. “God has blessed us abundantly, carrying us through all life’s ups and downs. Our greatest gift God has given us is our family, followed by good friends and living in this small, close-knit community, where we care about each other. We feel unworthy and humbled by the honor of being chosen as the 2022 Cheyenne County Tumbleweed Fair Parade Marshals. Thank you so much. May God continue to bless our community and draw us closer and closer to Him,” Bill and Sandie said.
The Cheyenne County Tumbleweed Fair began over this past weekend and coming up this weekend there will be many exciting events and activities planned. The Tumbleweed Fair Parade will start at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 23 in the Downtown area in Cheyenne Wells. Make sure to get there to wave to Bill and Sandie as they lead what is expected to be an exception parade.