Clarence Ray Root


Clarence Ray Root, 86, of Miles City died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City.

Mr. Root was born on Sept. 28, 1927, in Miles City, the son of Walter R. and Maude Ator Root. He grew up and attended grade school in Miles City before moving to Vancouver, Wash., for a short time. Mr. Root returned to Miles City where he graduated from Custer County High School. 

After high school he began working at the Miles City Mercantile store shortly after he married Gertrude Bair and the two were later divorced.

 On July 18, 1970, Mr. Root married the love of his life, Carlene Aastrom, in Miles City. In 1973 he started working for the Montana State Highway Department where he remained until his retirement in 1992.

He enjoyed quilting and his morning cup of coffee with his friends at McD’s. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

His survivors include his wife of 43 years, Carlene Root; his sons, Ed Root of South Dakota and Roger (Darlene) Root of Miles City; one daughter, Susan Calendar of Shepherd; one step-daughter, Mitzi May Holder of Alexandria, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Walter and Mike; one brother, Orville Ford; two sisters, Helen Ford and Olive Hunt; and two grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. A funeral service will be Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 11a.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Miles City. 

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