Green River Star -

James Reynolds Root


August 16, 2017

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James Reynolds Root

James Reynolds Root, 74, of Superior, passed away Aug. 10, 2017, at his home. A resident of Superior for the past one year and former resident of Green River and Mount Morris, Ill., Root had been in ill health for the past eight months. 

He was born on June 20, 1943, in Oregon, Ill., the son of Leonard Merlin Root and Clara Glorynne Hill.

Root attended the Mount Morris High School and was a graduate with the class of 1961. 

He also graduated from Parson's College with a bachelor's degree in education. 

He married Carolyn Irene Dresden in Oregon, Ill., May 29, 1968. 

Root was employed by Quebecore for 27 years and retired in 2011. 

His interests included playing music on the guitar and trumpet and he enjoyed attending church. 

Survivors include his wife Carolyn Irene Root of Superior; one son, Daniel Root of Tecumah, Mich.; three daughters, Ercella White of Oregon, Ill., Brigitte Thornburg of Green River and Angelique Root of Superior; eight grandchildren, Holden White, Bricia Thornburg, Christian White, Noah Thornburg, Jared Thornburg, Landen Thornburg, Riley Root and Reylynn Root.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. 

Cremation will take place and a celebration of his life will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at the Fraterrnal Order of Eagles #2350, 88 North 2nd East, Green River.   

Condolences may be left at Vase Funeral Home.


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