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Mr. Donald L. Root, age 67, of Trufant, passed away late Sunday evening, July 18, 2010 at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Michigan.

The son of Wilbur & Dorothy (Challender) Root, he was born on June 25, 1943 in Charlotte and grew up in the Lansing area. Following his service in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, Don married Mary Margaret Austin on Christmas Day in 1964. He retired as a tool maker after a long career in the tool and die trades and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Surviving are his wife, Mary M. Root of Trufant; three sons, Michael (Kim) Root of Rockford, Shawn (Diane) Root of Grand Ledge, and James (Charlene) Root of Lansing; his grandchildren, Madison and Sydney Root, Hanna, Genevieve, and Jacob Root, Nicklas and Kara Dwyer, and Kaitlyn and Kameron Root; two sisters, Deborah (Joe) Pranomvanavech of Grand Rapids, and Tammy (Walt) Weatherford of Muir; two brothers, Michael Root and Howard Whipple, both of Six Lakes; two aunts, Jaunita Pulling of Portland and Kathleen Miller of Charlotte; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Austin of Amsterdam, and John (Janie) Austin of Mason; and many nieces and nephews.

The family invites relatives and friends to join them in a celebration of Dons life beginning at 4:00 p.m. on July 31st, at the Root family home.

Committal services, with full military honors, are planned for 1:00 p.m. on August 27th at Fort Custer National Cemetery near Battle Creek.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Dons online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

The Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care, is serving the family.


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  1. Anonymous on July 18, 2010 at 12:00 am


    07/24/2010 –

    Kim BUrke

    Mary and family-may you find peace during your time of sorrow-thnking of all of you!

    07/24/2010 –

    Stephen Hole

    I am very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. You are in my thoughts.

    07/20/2010 –

    Krista (Rowland) Byer

    I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

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