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(May 22, 1915 – July 31, 2012)

Russell Jay Root, 97, of Hope, died at home on July 31, 2012. Russell was born in Bennington Township, Michigan, on May 22, 1915 to the late Ralph and Ossie (Smith) Root. Russell had the privaledge to be married to three beautiful women, Lucille and Charlena who predeceased him and Dolores. In 1978 Russell retired from Severance Tool and Die. Russell loved hunting, spending time at his cabin and traveling. Russell is survived by his loving wife Dolores; daughters, Loretta Sparks, Marian (Gary) Bowman, Darlene (Tom) Merrow, Charlene (Duane) Mason, Elaine (Raymond) Hollerback; sons, Glenn (Pat) Root, Larry (Dorothy) Root, Gary Root , Kenny (Rose) Root, Richard (Pat) Root; 31 Grandchildren; 66 Great Grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren and his brother Dale Root of St. Helen. A Funeral Service will be held at Hope Baptist Church on Friday, Aug. 3 at 11:00 am with Pastor Neil Wiggins officiating. The family will receive friends at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 4 til 7 pm and on Friday at the church from 10 am until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Hope Baptist Church. Online condolences can be left at www.smithminer.com