Lawrence J. “Larry” Root

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35 Railroad Street Plymouth OH 44865 6/27/2010 14:00:00

Plymouth OH 44865 6/28/2010 11:00:00

Lawrence J. “Larry” Root, age 74, resident of Plymouth passed away at his home on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 surrounded by his family. He was born on February 20, 1936 in Willard, Ohio to the late John and Marjorie (Becker) Root and had been a life long Plymouth resident.
Larry was a 1954 graduate of Plymouth High School, received his B.A. in Education from Ashland College in 1958, and a Masters in Education from B.G.S.U. in 1962. While at Ashland College he played collegiate baseball. He began his teaching career at Shiloh Junior High in the fall of 1958 and taught Phys. Ed., Health, Math, and Driver’s Ed. where he had many memorable moments, for 31 years in Plymouth. Larry started and coached the high school golf team in 1967, was head football coach from 1965 to 1974, and returned back to the junior high to teach Phys. Ed. and was the Athletic Director.
He was a member of the Plymouth First Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served on council, sang in the choir and was head hash brown cook for the Saturday benefits. He was raised to a Master Mason in Richland Lodge #201 F&AM in 1968, was a Past Master, and a 32nd Degree Mason in the Valley of Toledo Scottish Rite.
Larry loved to golf and played in the Plymouth Golf League, the American Legion League and would travel on Monday mornings to area courses with friends to play a round. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren begin to swing the clubs.
He enjoyed all types of sports, especially the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Browns, OSU Football and his beloved Plymouth “Big Red”.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elaine (Wise) Root, whom he married on April 14, 1973; two daughters, Amy Root of Columbus; and Lori (Tom) Tackett of Shiloh; three grandchildren, Caroline, John and Erin Tackett; two brothers, Lou (Ruthann) Root of Mansfield; Jack (Donna) Root of Avon Lake; a brother-in-law, John (Andrea) Wise of Chagrin Falls; and a sister-in-law, Kate (Jay) Havris of Tempe, AZ; as well as nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home in Plymouth on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 2 to 5 PM. Funeral service will be held at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Plymouth on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM with Reverend Bege Wiegman officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the First Lutheran Church, the Plymouth Athletic Boosters or the Hospice of North Central Ohio. Online condolences may be left for the family at


shatkus - Jul 30, 2010

We will miss him. He was a rock . God bless you in this time of loss.

Paul Gase - Jun 27, 2010

My condoelences to all the Root family. Larry was most supportive to the kids and fellow staff members that were fortunate to have crossed his path. I certainly appreciate his kindness and enjoyed his humor and strong sense of commitment. The strength of his character will live on in the wonderful family and friends that he touched. Take care…Paul Gase

Jim & Judy Haney - Jun 27, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers to Elaine and girls. Larry was one of the best coaches and teachers I had the honor to work with. He will be missed.

Brian Bevier - Jun 26, 2010

Larry was truly one of the most humble people I’ve ever met. Always a kind word and smile. Alot of rounds of golf at Woody were better just because he was in my foursome. No more suffering, only eternal happiness. God Bless.

Linda Loughman Miller - Jun 26, 2010

To the Family of Larry Root,He was one of my favorite teachers at the Shiloh annex.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Diego Resendez - Jun 26, 2010

my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your dad was a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Phil A. Bushey - Jun 26, 2010

To the Root family, I would like to express my deepest sympathy on Coach Roots passing. He was one of my first coaches wayback in Jr. high and I always admired his class and style. He never belittled and often lead by example. He made a lasting impression on me during my formative years. I had often thought of him during these many past years and wondered how he was getting along. Although, I only knew coach as a bachelor, he seemed like a father to all of us. May God’s grace sustain you in this time of need.
Phil A. Bushey class of 66

Chad Franklin - Jun 26, 2010

Amy and family sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was always one of my favorite teachers. You will be in my prayers.

Ed Mellott - Jun 25, 2010

My condolences to the family. Many carry the teachings of Coach Root to this day and for years to come.

Larry Ernst - Jun 25, 2010

Very sorry to hear about my former teacher and my Football Coach. Larry Ernst Class of 1970

Cynthia Westover - Jun 25, 2010

I am very sorry for your loss and am thinking of you and your family at this time.
Cindy Westover

Vickey Stewart - Jun 25, 2010

Amy and family I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you remember the happy times you shared with your dad and husband.
Vickey Stewart

Elementary Summer School Staff - Jun 25, 2010

The Worthington City Schools elementary summer school staff and ESL students wish to send our sincere thoughts and prayers to Amy and her family. Our ESL students have made cards to express their sympathy at this time. Please inform us of any additional assistance that is needed at this time.

Fritz Monroe - Jun 25, 2010

On behalf of Brookside Elementary School we all send our prayers and condolences to the entire Root family. Working with Amy and her students at school I see the love and caring that is an integral part of the Root family. Mr. Root’s many memorable moments in education are being fostered and carried on by his daughter!
Our Lord’s Peace be with you all.
Mr. Monroe

Rachel Hamilton - Jun 25, 2010

So sorry to Amy and the entire Root family. May god be with you all. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Andrea Rettig - Jun 25, 2010

Amy, Lori and Mrs. Root,
I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Please remember that he is in an amazingly beautiful place with no pain or suffering and that one day you will all be reunited. I know it’s nearly impossible to find an element of positivity in anything right now, but it will get better, I promise. My faith in God has continually kept me strong since the loss of my brother. I will be praying for you all.

Ally Recchiuti - Jun 25, 2010

Amy, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Susan O'Rourke - Jun 25, 2010

Amy and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Keep all the good memories close in mind at this time to help you through. It is never easy to loose a loved one, but do know he is in a better place. You all our in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Hamman Howard - Jun 25, 2010

Mr. Root was a favorite teacher of mine at the “annex” in Shiloh, I think it was his first year of teaching. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Kathy Dickson - Jun 25, 2010

Elaine, Amy, Lori, and family-
Words just don’t seem adequate in any way right now. But I pray that you may feel the many prayers of those around you, the caring thoughts of those who grieve with you (anyone who knew the great man Larry Root!), and the all-surrounding comfort of our God.
May the peace that passes all understanding be with you every moment each step of this journey.
He lives on in all of you and will not be forgotten.
Prayers and thoughts to all of you from Bluffton,

JM - Jun 25, 2010

Lori – thinking of and praying for you and your family. May His love hold you close.

Root - Jun 25, 2010

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts are with you. Keep the good memories close to your heart. They will become more and more precious to you. I’ve been where you are right now and I wish there were words to help you right now. I would send them to you a million times over if there were.
Warm thoughts and wishes,
Barb Zook

Girard Cashman - Jun 25, 2010

My deepest condolences to the Root Family,
I was one of Coach Root’s early students at Shiloh Jr. High and played basketball for him in the 9th grade. He had a lasting impact on my life as a role model and mentor over the next 6 years as I moved on to Plymouth High school. We played a lot of pick-up games together and he was always there for the students when we needed him. In later years, as I became a coach, I used many of his plays and tried to set as good an example for my athletes as Coach Root had done for me.
As a retired teacher and coach I think that if we have any legacy at all, it is the players that have taken up our mantel and will eventually pass it on as well. Thanks for the great memories.
Girard Cashman

Gloria Powers - Jun 24, 2010

So sorry for your loss. He was a very good man and will be missed by many. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Jari McKinney Amburgey - Jun 24, 2010

To the family, I am sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers! May God comfort you in the days ahead.

Glenda Branham Rowe - Jun 24, 2010

Elaine, Lori & Amy…
I am very sorry to hear about Larry’s passing.. He was a very good man.. You are all in my thoughts and prayers..