In Memory of Harold Root
Harold L. "Hank", Root, 93, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020. He was born November 8, 1926 in Ashland, Nebraska to Leo and Ruth (Jones) Root.
Hank was an Army veteran serving from 1945-1947 in Korea as a Tech Sergeant. On November 5, 1951 he was a united in marriage to Donna Marino. Hank owned a automobile service station in Minneapolis for several years. In 1965 they moved to Spooner permanently with their five children. He managed the Surplus Outlet for many years when it was still in the building on the east end of Walnut Street, in addition to buying a farm and starting a herd of White Face Hereford beef cows. He loved walking thru his beef cows in the evening. Hank was the first farmer in the area to raise sunflowers as a crop.
He later started working at the Spooner Post Office as a mail sorter and retired from there in 1987. After retirement he became special friends with Darlene Ogden and they shared 32 years together.
In retirement he enjoyed projects in his workshop garage, taking long walks in the outdoors and always loved visits from the Grandchildren and Great grandchildren. During most recent years a country car ride reminiscing, and a stop for breakfast, would put a smile on his face.
He is survived by his 5 children, daughters Emily Iverson and Chris Root; and sons Harold (Leah Ann), Jeff and Steve (Diane), 8 grandchildren: Jessica, Dana, Patrick, Miranda, Hollie, Anthony, Malachi and Mariah, and 13 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Ruth; his wife of 35 years, Donna, and special friend, Darlene Ogren; his brothers, Merle, Leo, Jack and sisters Betty & Helen, and son in law Frank Iverson.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Spooner Funeral Home on Friday, January 24th, 2020. Visitation from 10am to 11am; and services at 11am, with Reverend Richard Melton, followed by military honors at the Spooner Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Spooner Funeral Home.