James G. Root

June 22, 1917April 7, 2018

James G. Root, age 100, of Watkins Glen, New York passed away at home on Saturday April 7, 2018.

James was born June 22, 1917 to Edith M. Minsterman and James Albert Root. He served in the US Army from 1944 to 1945 in Italy and North Africa. He served as a pioneer clearing mine fields and transporting ammunition. He acquired his pilots license in Elmira. James retired from Shephard Niles Crane and Hoist in Montour Falls, NY as manager of crane engineering after 43 years of service. James was a very brilliant person, and could still remember all of his school teachers. He was a jack of all trades- farmer, engineer, carpenter, cabinet maker, and electrician.

James is survived by; son Lawrence (Chiev) Root; daughters Carol (Phillip) Cuellar and Diane (Michael) Naar; grandchildren Linda Page, Randy Lyon, Christine Carter, Mayumi Auert, Phillip Cuellar, Alana Middleton, Spencer Naar, Avery Naar, and Mason Naar, Fourteen Great Grandchildren and One Great Great Grandchild; as well as Nieces and one Nephew. James was preceded in death by his spouse Wanda A. Holmes; daughter Nancy E. Lee; mother Edith Minsterman and father James Albert Root; and sisters Florence Henyan and Ethel Kuehn.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of his family with interment at Montour Falls Cemetery.


  • Edith Minsterman, Mother
  • James Albert Root, Father
  • Wanda A. Holmes, Spouse
  • Nancy E. Lee, Daughter
  • Larry (Chiev) Root, Son
  • Carol (Phil) Cuellar, Daughter
  • Diane (Mike) Naar, Daughter
  • Linda Page, Grandchild
  • Randy Lyon, Grandchild
  • Christine Carter, Grandchild
  • Mayumi Auert, Grandchild
  • Phillip Cuellar, Grandchild
  • Alana Middleton, Grandchild
  • Spencer Naar, Grandchild
  • Avery Naar, Grandchild
  • Mason Naar, Grandchild
  • Fourteen Great, Grandchildren
  • One Great Great, Grandchildren
  • Florence Henyan, Sister
  • Ethel Kuehn, Sister


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Yvonne Overbeck

April 16, 2018

His was a life well lived...Uncle Jim was a master cabinet maker and woodworker having designed and built furniture up into his 90's...I will so much miss my visits with him - in his home - and sitting with him on his porch in the warmth of the summer...Rest forever in peace, Uncle Jim...Condolence from: Yvonne DeSarno Overbeck (Sis)...