Lonnie E. Root, 52, of Freetown, passed away at 4:48 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2013, at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.
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Lonnie worked at Valeo Sylvania as a maintenance mechanic from 1979 to 2002. He attended Seymour First Nazarene Church in Seymour. He loved the outdoors and was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. In deer hunting, he always enjoyed bow season as he would always comment that ""anyone could kill one with a gun, but it takes skill to kill one with a bow.""
He played industrial league basketball in Seymour for Valeo Sylvania for several years as a point guard. In their era, they dominated the league. During this time, he also enjoyed playing for Valeo in their softball league. For several years, Lonnie also coached his two oldest daughters' team in the Brownstown Girls Softball League and was considered by many a favorite coach. One favorite season, he coached what was thought to be the underdog team to an undefeated season and took the championship tourney undefeated as well. One of his proudest accomplishments was being able to build two houses for his family that became their home.
Born Nov. 25, 1960, he was the son of Homer and Sarah (Neal) Root. On Dec. 3, 1982, he married Anita McCory in Gallatin, Tenn. They were married for 30 wonderful years.
Survivors include his wife, Anita; three daughters, Brittani Cornett and her husband, Keegan, Tiffani Keys and her husband, Michael, and Jessica Root; six siblings, Bobby (Margaret) Root, June (Joe) Miller, Ray (Sue) Root, Jeanie Root, Gary (Roxanne) Root
and Lisa Dunn; mother-
in-law, Phyllis Chasteen;
brother-in-law, Jack ""Buddy"" (Lisa) McCory Jr.; sisters-in-law, Patty (Alan) Woodward, Penny (Jerry) Emily and Linda Sue Murphy; and several nieces and nephews. In December, Lonnie would have received his first grandchild from his daughter, Brittani, and son-in-law, Keegan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Sarah Root; father-in-law, Jack McCory Sr.; stepfather-in-law, Marshall Chasteen; nephew, Eric Schryer; sister-in-law, Angela Grace McCory; and a stepbrother-in-law, David Chasteen.
The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Seymour First Nazarene Church, 311 Myers St.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Schneck Foundation in honor of the home health care given to Lonnie over the past 10 years.
To leave the family a personal message, visit the funeral home's website at www.woodlawnfamilyfuneral.com
Published in Tribune from June 4 to June 9, 2013