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Erwin Lee RootPassing: October 8, 2011


Mitchell Cemetery

Tuesday,Oct.11,2011, 11:00 am


Chastain Funeral Home

Monday,Oct.10,2011, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Mitchell Cemetery

Tuesday,Oct.11,2011, 11:00 am

BLOOMINGTON Erwin “Lee” Root, 87, passed away at 1:20 a.m. Saturday, October 8, 2011, at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Born February 12, 1924, in Mitchell, he was the son of Ernest Lee and Helen Gladys (Erwin) Root. He married Rosabel Baker September 13, 1946, and she preceded him in death February 27, 2000. His second marriage was to Lois (Melvin) Slaughter Kendall on December 3, 2005.

He was an electrical engineer, graduated from Tri-State College, and retired from Indiana University. He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1942, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mitchell and the Experimental Aviation Association, Bloomington Chapter. In the 1950’s he was a photographer and engraver for the Daily Herald-Telephone.

Lee was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion.

Surviving: wife,
Lois Root, Orleans
Virginia Fay Boshears and husband, Ron, Avon
Nathan Erwin Root and wife, Carol, Kokomo
Brent Slaughter and wife, Karen, Orleans
Adrian Slaughter and wife, Angie, Mitchell
Lana Hudelson and husband, Danny, Orleans
4 grandchildren,
Jacki (Jessie) Myers
Jennifer (Greg) Parrish
Heather (Matt) Smalley
Zac (Terri) Root
7 great grandchildren,
Taylor, Hayley, Hunter, Holden, Ashlyn, Lucy, Carly
7 step grandchildren,
Brett (Barbie) Hudelson
Darren Hudelson
Trent Slaughter
Kara Jean Slaughter
Jason (Leslie) Slaughter
Jodie (Kyle) Endris
Lindsey (Nick) Doub
9 step great grandchildren
Darlene Dalton, Mitchell
sister in law,
Elizabeth Root, Mitchell

His parents; first wife, Rosabel; son, Aaron Lee Root; brother, James Kenneth Root; and half brother, William E. Williams, preceded him in death.

Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 11, at Mitchell Cemetery with Bro. Marc Fields officiating. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 5:00 8:00 p.m. on Monday at Chastain Funeral Home.

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  1. Guest: Gil Agarwal | Bloomington, IN
    Date: October 12, 2011
    Virginia and family, May God give you all strength to bear Mr Root's loss. He was a good friend and I had the fortune to work with him at IU. What a great engineer and gentleman he was. May God rest his soul in peace.
  2. Guest: Susan O'Banion | Knoxville, TN
    Date: October 11, 2011
    I think I did this, but, didn't want to loose an opportunity, (even twice !) to say what a great man you were. I looked up to you, and am so proud of the daughter, Virginia...that you raised to be a very upstanding, and compassionate, and WONDERFUL person !
  3. Guest: Debbie Bricker | Greenwood, IN
    Date: October 10, 2011
    Virginia and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dad made this world a better place, if only by bringing you into it. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Love you,
  4. Guest: Dr. Kevin Powers | Bloomington, IN
    Date: October 10, 2011
    To Lois Root, Brent Slaughter, & family: Our deepest condolences are with you.
  5. Guest: Susan O'Banion | Knoxville, TN
    Date: October 10, 2011
    Mr. Root, I always admired you, and the special marriage you had with Rosabell. Virginia, your daughter, is my dear friend, and she has always been a blessing to me. May you rest in peace, Sincerely, Susan O'Banion
  6. Guest: Pam and Bob Hendershot | greentown, IN
    Date: October 9, 2011
    To Jackie Boshears: we are praying for and thinking about you. I bet he was an awesome man. I can tell from his obituary that he led a very full life. You were very blessed and so was he.
  7. Guest: Jane Schroeder Fague | tipton, IN
    Date: October 9, 2011
    Virginia and family ...thoughts & prayers are with you .....Virginia sending my love to you Dear friend as i know you will miss your Dad greatly as you do your Mother....hugs...jane