Clare L. Root, 91, of Morenci, died late Monday evening, October 21, 2019, at his residence. He was born in Medina Township on July 1, 1928, the son of the late Miles J. and Bessie B. (Ingall) Root. A graduate of Morenci High School in 1946, he went on to serve in the United States Army and earn an Associate degree from Michigan State College. On October 18, 1955, he married Norma Jean Collar in Hudson, and she survives.
Clare was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the Farm Bureau, past president of both the local Farm Bureau Oil and local Michigan Artificial Breeder’s Cooperative and a long-time sexton of Lime Creek East Cemetery. In his spare time, he enjoyed genealogy, C.B. radio, and computers. In his younger years, he was a 4H advisor for sheep and the later years, he wintered in the Lakeland area of Florida.
In addition to his wife, Clare is survived by son, Michael Root (Mary Jo Mosiniak) of Morenci; daughter, Pamela Root (John Toth) of Allentown, Pennsylvania; daughter-in-law, Christine Root of Montpelier, Ohio; son-in-law, Jan Brill of Raleigh, North Carolina; grandchildren, Chad (Eve) Root of Hudson, Jason (Jennifer) Root of Morenci, Miles, Joyce, and Jenny Brill all of Raleigh, North Carolina; and great-grandchildren, Dodge, Brantley, Dixon, Blake, and Lillian.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Patricia Ann Brill in 1999.
A funeral service for Clare will be held Friday, October 25, at 11 a.m. at Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci with Pastor Donna Galloway of Morenci Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Lime Creek East Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m.
Memorial contributions in honor of Clare can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Elara Hospice. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers and Elara Hospice for the care Clare received.