Raymond J. Root

Raymond J. Root

Raymond J. Root of Allegan, Michigan, passed away Sunday, February 20, 2011, in Ann Arbor. Ray was born November 12, 1947 in Plainwell to Cecil and Maryann (Ransbottom) Root and was a graduate of Otsego High School.

During the Vietnam War he served his country in the U.S. Army. For many years he was employed as a machinist with Plainwell Paper Co. and later with Perrigo Co. In his leisure time he enjoyed traveling, being with his grandkids watching sports, playing Yahtzee and taking afternoon car rides.

On August 21, 1981 in South Bend, Indiana he married Betty Jonas, who survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Lisa (Brian) Kempkers of Hamilton, Lorrie (Aaron Jamieson) Zeran of Allegan, Becky (Jason) Bohl of Otsego and Kristy (Jacob) MacDonald of Plainwell; 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Carol (Phillip) Stearns of Plainwell, Rose (Mike) Mentor of Oshtemo and Gwen (Larry) Digby of Otsego; a brother-in-law, Ken Bent of Lawton, OK; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul and Diana DeLaMater of Parkland, FL; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Charlene Bent.

Friends may meet with Ray’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta at 12 noon. Contributions in memory of Ray may be made to the American Heart Association.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Heather and Gary Burd says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. You and your family will be in our thoughts during this difficult time.

  2. Ron & Darlene Hoover says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great guy. We will miss him. Your in our thoughts.

  3. Carla Somerlott says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you!!!!

  4. Bridget Sutherland says:

    Bets, I am so sorry honey, you and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you, please call if I can do anything for you.

  5. KaSondra Grandmason says:

    Betty and girls, Many thoughts and prayers will you at this time of sorrow.

  6. Don & Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut says:

    Carol, Rose, Gwen and Ray’s immediate family: We were so sorry to hear of Ray’s death. We both graduated with Ray in 1965. We have fond memories from our high school years. The last time we saw him was at our 40th class reunion in 2005. We’re both glad to have had the opportunity to see him and talk with him in 2005. He spoke proudly about his family. Your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Pam & Drew Lalor says:

    Betty, so sorry to hear of your loss. My heartfelt condolences are sent to you and the girls, and Ray’s children as well. God will keep you strong during these tough times and Ray will be with you as well, watching over you. Our prayers and thoughts are with you this week! Lean on your family for they love you dearly.

  8. Teri Laster says:

    So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was an important part of my childhood memories and a truly wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family. God Speed Ray.

  9. Betty Clendenin says:

    Betty, so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please call if you need anything.

  10. Joyce Snyder and Girls says:

    Our thoughts and prays are with you and your familys at this time.

  11. Brian Button and family says:

    Our deepest condolences to Ray’s family. I worked with him for years at Plainwell Paper, he was a very special person and really great man. I will always remember him fondly.

  12. Sherry ( Howrigon ) Hanson says:

    Gwen, I just read about your brother and I just wanted to offer my condolences to you and your family. I remember coming to your house and how kind he always was . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  13. Debbie Thorpe says:

    On behalf of my entire family we want to say how sorry we are of your loss. The best medicine for this type of pain is one day at a time & don’t shut anyone out. Grieving is a healing process.

  14. Don Holland says:

    Ray was a good friend, classmate, and teammate during our school years. My condolences to the entire family.

  15. BETTY says:

    I miss you honey

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