Stuart Gene “Stu” Root, age 87, of Bellefontaine, Ohio passed away peacefully at 1:25 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2020 at his home.
He was born September 18, 1932, a son of the late Harold and Mary (Johnson mother) Root and Josephine Root (Stepmother).
On January 28, 1955, Stuart married the former Janet L. Griffey in Columbus, Ohio and she preceded him in death October 1, 2017. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Doris Straight; three step-sisters, Ruth, Marty and Mary and two step-brothers, Chuck and John Saikas.
Stuart is survived by his two children, Mark (Rosanna) Root of Lancaster, Ohio and Teri (Donald) Murad of Perrysburg, Ohio; three grandchildren, Casey (Amy) Root, Shane Root (fiancé Rosee Cooper) and Kristen Murad; six great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; a brother, Jerry (Andrea) Root of Powell, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.
Stuart had worked as a union printer until his retirement at age 62. He’d enjoyed playing in a softball league during his early working years and taking family vacations to the Smoky mountains. Stuart was the consummate family man that spent his summers taking his kids on vacation with his uncles and cousins and enjoyed many river and water-skiing trips. Stu spent his winters rabbit and pheasant hunting with his brother Jerry and his son Mark. Once retired, he loved fishing and pontooning and the simple life on Indian Lake. He also continued his passion for model train sets and loved life with his wife and best friend Janet.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Bellefontaine.
Pastor Edward Engelbrecht will officiate the funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio.
Burial will follow the funeral service at the Harrison Township Cemetery in South Bloomfield, Ohio.
The arrangements are in the care of the staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Bellefontaine.