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ROOT, Frank M. Jr. passed away on April 18, 2012 in Naples, Florida, surrounded by his family. Frank was born on October 21, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of his adoring parents Frank Mortimer Root, Sr. and Irene Root. After an idyllic childhood in Brooklyn, punctuated by summers traveling through the South with his salesman father, Frank graduated from Erasmus Hall High School. He later enrolled at the Ohio State University, receiving his undergraduate and law degrees in five and one-half years. While at Ohio State, Frank met his beloved wife Peggy. They married in 1950 and settled in Dayton. Frank entered the private practice of law in Dayton at Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling, and began a long career in business law and litigation. Frank was a "lawyer's lawyer" and was thoroughly devoted to his profession and clients. He loved Dayton and was active in the community's life, serving in numerous leadership positions at Trinity Lutheran Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church, Dayton YMCA Camp Kern, Lutheran Social Services, the Exchange Club and the Rotary Club. Above all, Frank was a family man. He was predeceased by his parents and wife of 51 years, Peggy. He is survived by his three children David Root (Bobbie Wrenn Banks) of Atlanta, Georgia; Jane Root (Dr. Chris Kus) of Saratoga Springs, New York and Amy DiMario (Paul DiMario) of Cincinnati, Ohio; his six grandchildren Paul Root (Nina Root) of Indianapolis, Indiana, Betsy Root (Dr. Andrew Godfrey-Kittle) of Atlanta, Georgia, Samantha, Katie and Tony DiMario of Cincinnati, Ohio and Lindsey Root Kus of Saratoga Springs, New York; and his companion of 10 years, Wanda Smith of Naples, Florida. A memorial service to celebrate Frank's life is planned for Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Normandy United Methodist Church, 450 West Alex Bell Rd., Centerville, Ohio 45459. If desired, contributions in Frank's memory may be made to Dayton YMCA Camp Kern, 5291 State Route 350, Oregonia, Ohio 45054.
Published in Dayton Daily News on May 6, 2012