OBITUARY

Robert “Bob” Joe Root

August 31, 1937May 22, 2019
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Robert “Bob” Joe Root, 81, of Kokomo passed away early Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. He was born August 31, 1937 in Flora, Indiana to Argustic (Gus) and Eva (Clingenpeel) Root.

Bob graduated from Kokomo High School and went on to serve in the National Guard. He married the love of his life, Genevieve Valadez on July 3, 1958, and together they raised four wonderful daughters. Bob worked for Chrysler as a job setter and retired after 30 years. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed fishing with Genevieve at Lake Erie on their boat “Gummy Bear”, restored and tinkered with cars, and ran his businesses, RJR Trophy Shop and RJR Engineering. Bob was truly a jack-of-all-trades and took care of all the home projects and repairs. Most of all Bob loved his family and spent as much time as he could with his children and grandchildren. Their home was always full of love and family.

Bob is survived by his wife, Genevieve; brother, Jack (Melba) Root; daughters, Jamie (Larry) Cabello, Sherry McKee, Vickey Root and Penny Tyler; grandchildren, Jeramiah Floyd, Nicole Dixon, Carrie Dixon, Jason Weaver, Brittany Lawman and Allison Root; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Eva Root, and his sister, Shirley Root.

Family will receive friends Monday, May 27th from 4 -7pm at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Tuesday, May 28th at 11am also at Sunset Memory Garden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, or American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, May 27, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 28, 2019
  • Entombment Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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Corky Kirk

May 27, 2019

Robert was a good friend and I will miss him.

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Dad at Cheddars - he loved this place!

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Root Family, 2013

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Some of our clan at the annual Family Reunion.

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Bob through the years...

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1965

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Dad at Cheddars - he loved this place!

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Root Family, 2013

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Some of our clan at the annual Family Reunion.

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Bob through the years...

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Bob during his "James Dean" phase. What a handsome man!

Biography

If there was ever a person who wanted to heal all the wrongs in the world, it was Robert Joe Root. He was an idealist who sought to bring harmony to those around him. Even though Bob was enthusiastic and generous, it was sometimes difficult for him to boast about his accomplishments. Bob had strong personal convictions, making it hard for him to relinquish those ideals he held dearest to himself. Despite his outer strengths and beliefs, Bob sometimes struggled in his efforts to see the world as completely positive. Bob's life motto was always to hope for the best and work hard towards that end, but be prepared for some of life's disappointments. This philosophy was a continual driving force in his life, but it did not extinguish the bright light that defined the dreamer in Bob, something that was always there and that he readily shared with everyone around him.

His parents were Gus and Eva Root. Bob was raised in Flora and Kokomo, Indiana. As a youngster, Bob demonstrated an excellent vocabulary and command of language. He was a compassionate person, a quality that he would carry with him throughout his life. Even at a young age, Bob was sensitive to his parents’ moods and worked hard to please them and live up to their expectations.

Throughout his life, Bob showed a remarkable ability to mend relationships. This was true even with his siblings. Bob was caring, diplomatic and tolerant of the feelings of those around him. Bob was raised with 2 siblings. He had one older brother, Jack, and one older sister, Shirley. Bob was constantly involved in activities with his brother and sister. Bob and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

As a young boy, Bob lived a childhood filled with fantasy. He was generally in pursuit of his own identity, but he was also adaptable to almost any situation he faced. Bob took part in track and field. To Bob, the most fun to be had was simply playing, and spending time with his many friends.

High school was a time for Bob to seek out knowledge. He enjoyed learning and had a natural interest in gathering information. Bob had a flair for the poetic and was very expressive and articulate, especially when it came to his writing. Bob took his education seriously. He graduated from Kokomo High School in 1956. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was shop class.

While those who did not know him well found Bob to be somewhat reserved until they got to know him, he was an authentic and devoted friend. Bob was a tranquil person, with an easygoing and open-minded attitude towards life. He presented a pleasant face to the outside world but concealed the pain and discomfort he felt over his own friends’ difficulties. Bob sought to achieve harmony with everyone and possessed the ability to mend conflicts and avoid interpersonal struggles. While growing up, some of his best friends were Max Hall and Sonny Adams. Later in life, he became friends with Mike Imbler, Tom Ethridge and Kenny Ford.

The desire for romance was always present in Bob's life. Bob cared passionately for Genevieve and was married to her for almost 61 years His deep loyalty and a strong commitment to his vows brought a sense of completeness to their marriage.

Bob was a gentle person who held deep feelings for his children. He enjoyed having fun with his kids and was at times fiercely protective of them. Bob showed great empathy in his willingness to give every family member a voice in family decisions. He was blessed with four daughters, Jamie, Sherry, Vickey and Penny. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Jeramiah, Nicole, Carrie, Jason, Brittany and Allison.

Blessed with a strong sense of integrity, Bob was as loyal and committed in his work as he was in the rest of his life. Bob worked well with fellow employees and showed great cooperation in reaching common goals. Though he had a tendency to take on too many tasks, himself; Bob showed great patience with complicated situations. He was ingenious and trusted his intuition. For Bob, the application of logic could be optional, and while that sometimes bothered his co-workers, Bob always seemed to be able to get the job done. He was most comfortable working on the projects and jobs that he strongly supported. His primary occupation was job setter. He was employed for 30 years by Chrysler. Bob always tried to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Bob was an Army National Guards veteran. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Private First Class. Bob was extremely loyal, and that was a quality that others noticed and appreciated.

Bob enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were working on cars, going to races, slot car racing and watching sports on t.v., especially Colts, Pacers and IU. Bob was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but he was also willing to share his interests with others.

Bob's tremendous enthusiasm for the activities he enjoyed also influenced the pleasure he drew from sports. Bob also enjoyed watching sports and liked following his favorite teams whenever he got the chance to do so. Tops on his list were basketball, football, golf and racing.

With a calling to help others and a fierce conviction for the causes in which he believed, Bob would work hard for his values and principles. Politically, Bob was a supporter of the Republican Party.

Bob enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. Taking trips provided the chance for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places and see new things. Favorite vacations included fishing on Lake Erie, Florida and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Bob passed away on May 22, 2019 at home in Kokomo, Indiana. He is survived by his wife, Genevieve; his children, Jamie, Sherry, Vickey and Penny; and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bob was laid to rest in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.

Robert Joe Root was someone who was able to see the world as a good and honorable place. He viewed the people who inhabited it as essentially good. A person who tended to see the world in terms of black and white, Bob tried to focus on the good he saw, knowing that there were times he would have to compromise. He was selfless and deeply committed to all things positive and good. Bob was a person who would keep his eye on tomorrow and constantly held onto his dreams. He was capable of being mystical at times, and he could be the seer or shaman of a group. It was this exceptional insight and quiet reserve that that became Bob's trademark qualities for all who knew him, and it was one of the many reasons why all who knew him loved Robert Joe Root.