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June 21, 1938 - November 7, 2017

In accordance with Donald’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

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Donald Root, Jr, age 79, passed away on November 7, 2017, under the loving care of the staff at Kairos Dwelling House. Donald “Don” was born on June 21, 1938 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Donald E. Root Sr. and Crystal (McClain) Root. Don was employed by various companies throughout his career and retired from Meijer. Don was a golf enthusiast and played as often as he could, as recently as October of this year. Donald married the love of his life, Peggy Maverine (Ledlow) on August 17, 1957. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past August. Together Peggy and Don shared the love of their children Ken Callahan, his wife Janet, Peggy Darlene Slater, her husband William, Tim Callahan, his wife Cindy, Crystal Johnson, her husband Daniel, Tony Root, his wife Bonnie, Julie Riebe and her husband Rick. They also had 13 grandchildren: Michael Callahan, Brian Callahan, Tiffany Todd, Jason Todd, Derek Wadlington, Ryan Wadlington, Corey Wadlington, Joshua Callahan, Chrissy Callahan, Amy Shon, Amanda Shon Booker, Kaylie Root and Jacob Root, as well as several great grand children. Donald is also survived by his sister, Phillis Willin. Donald’s wife, Peggy preceded him in death on September 23, 2017. Peggy and Donald’s granddaughter, their “little angel”, Cassidy Maeve Riebe, will be waiting for her grandpa in Heaven to welcome him home, as well. He was also preceded by his parents Donald and Crystal and his brothers Gary and Kurtis Root.