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Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel

3410 Broad Street, Dexter, MI

OBITUARY

Richard Root Jr.

Passed away on September 14, 2019
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Richard (Dick) C. Root, Jr, 83, of Whitmore Lake passed away unexpectedly on September 14, 2019. He was born September 27, 1935 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Richard and Eva Root. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy.

He is survived by his children Vickie L. (Dewight) Plotner, David A. Root, James R. Root, and Teri (Jacob) Girbach; grandchildren Chelsie (Dana) Plotner and Travis (Jamie) Plotner; great grandchildren Parker and Quentin Plotner; and sister Kay Stolte.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother James A. Root.

Dick served as a paratrooper in the United States Army after graduation from Pioneer High School (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Following his military service, he established a small business in Brighton, Michigan. He later spent most of his career as an engineer in the vacuum metalizing business with E&V Plastics and Plating (and subsequent acquisitions of the company). Dick was a man of many skills and could accomplish anything he put his mind to.

Dick enjoyed many adventures from snowmobiling, motorcycle climbing competitions, dune buggies on the Silver Lake sand dunes to fishing on Lake Michigan with friends and family. Dick was a wonderful neighbor and friend to Tom and Diane LaFollette.

He will be missed by all!

Visitation for Dick will be held Friday, September 20th at Hosmer-Muhelig Funeral Chapel, 3410 Broad St, Dexter, MI 48130. A funeral service in celebration f Dick’s life will be held on Saturday, September 21st, at Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel. Dick will be buried at Washtenong Memoriral Park in Ann Arbor, MI.

Donations in Dick’s honor may be made to The National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016, and to The Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 21, 2019

Memories

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Laura Kathryn Hutchison

September 21, 2019

My condolences to Teri and Jim for the passing of your Dad. I remember the days when I lived next door to your family and boarded my horse Meg at your farm. I remember winter days, hanging out with your family in your toasty warm log home. I remember your Dad taking us to horse shows and how proud he was of you and Jim. Your Dad worked incredibly hard and had so many talents and skills, he could do anything. I remember bailing hay with your Dad running the tractor and you, Jim and I throwing hay bales into the tractor. You really had an awesome father and I am so very sad for you both that he is gone and I am also sad he is gone. He will be missed.

Scott Van Patten

September 20, 2019

Hi my name is Scott Van Patten, I was a patient with Richard at the Fresenius Dialysis Center in Brighton! I met Richard on his first day at Dialysis and continued to talk when ever we would see each other! He was a very friendly man and I enjoyed our visits. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him! May He Rest In Peace!

Gini Elliott

September 17, 2019

Vickie,
I did not know your father but he must have been a wonderful person as he raised a wonderful daughter. May your memories comfort you.

Gini

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