Visitation is Friday for Ozark Trail advocate

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A successful computer consultant who traded in office life to follow his passion is being remembered for his commitment to restoring Missouri's Ozark Trail.

Visitation for John Roth of St. Louis is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Kutis Chapel in Affton. The 50-year-old died July 3, when a tree fell on him at his Crawford County farm.

He held several computer-related jobs before forming a consulting business, which he sold more than a decade ago.

In 1997, the U.S. Forest Service suggested he could help fix up hiking trails, after he complained about poor conditions. Roth formed the Ozark Trail Association and encouraged volunteer work on the more than 300 miles of paths.

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