James Martin Root Jr.

James Martin Root Jr., age 63, of Onsted, passed away on May 3, 2019, at ProMedica Herrick

He was born on April 9, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan to James M. and Donna (Froling) Root
Sr. On April 9, 1988, he married Donna Marie Riso in Dearborn, Mich. and she preceded him
in death on September 17, 2012. He graduated from Michigan State University. He was the
owner and operator of Root Builders. Jim loved to entertain at his lake home. He loved
tropical vacations with family and friends. Jim’s motto was “work hard, play hard.”

James is survived by his father, James M. Root Sr. of Livonia; his mother, Donna Froling of
Howell, Mich.; his significant other, Renee Smith of Onsted; two children, A.J. Root of Oak
Park, Mich. and Samantha Root of Onsted; two sisters, Deborah (Jerry) Henry of Howell,
Mich. and Margaret Bartelt of Southgate, Mich. He was preceded in death by his wife,

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service for Jim was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7,
at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Tecumseh with Bruce Goldson officiating. Visitation
was also held on Tuesday at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Tecumseh.

Condolences may be made to the family at andersonfuneralservices.com. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association. Envelopes are
available at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Tecumseh.


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