Capt. Lloyd E. Root died Sunday,
January 23rd, in Portland, Oregon, days after
celebrating his 96th birthday with his three
daughters and other family members. He had been
living in Portland for 1 1/2 years after relocating
from his home of 38 years in Bellevue, Washington, to
be near his oldest daughter.
Capt. Root was born January 19, 1909, in Iowa City,
Iowa, and as a small child moved to Annapolis,
Maryland, where his father taught mathematics at the
postgraduate school of the Naval Academy. He grew up
canoeing and sailing along the Chesapeake Bay, and
said he did not remember a time when he did not know
how to swim. He attended The Johns Hopkins University
at age 16 and received an engineering degree. After a
brief stint at an engineering firm, in 1936 he was
commissioned as a Lt. JG in the naval reserves. In
January of 1941 he was called to active duty and
served as a member of the Civil Engineer Corps in the
U.S. Navy during World War II.
After the war he transferred to the regular Navy
and served for 27 years in Kodiak, Alaska, Memphis,
Tennessee, The Naval War College, the Joint Chiefs of
Staff at The Pentagon, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,
Washington, D.C., and Great Lakes, Illinois. He
retired in 1963 and relocated to Washington State,
where he worked at the firms of Stevens and Thompson,
and Shannon and Wilson.
Capt. Root married Wilda Kilbourn of Sterling,
Kansas, in 1935, and had four daughters: Mrs. William
(Dorothy Kilbourn) Rector of Portland, Oregon, Mrs.
Myle (Dana Root) Holley of Bedford, Massachusetts,
Deborah Eugenia Root (deceased), and the Rev. Diane
Eleanor Root of Killington, Vermont. After Wilda's
death in 1980, he married Elta Dugdale of Washington
State, who died in 2004. He leaves five grandchildren
and six great-grandchildren. He had a wonderful visit
with all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren
in October, 2004. The family regularly spent
vacations at their rustic cabin in Glen Haven,
Colorado, where Lloyd loved to work on the cabin and
enjoy the mountains. Optimism, humor, basic decency,
and integrity shaped his long life, and drew respect
and love from those who knew him best. His family
will always be grateful for the example of his life
and the pleasure of his company.
A funeral service will be held at Arlington
National Cemetery on March 18th at 12:30 pm. In lieu
of flowers, donations for research on macular
degeneration can be made to The Johns Hopkins
University, Wilmer Development, 600 N. Wolfe Street,
Rm. 112, Baltimore, MD 21287.
Published in the King County [Oregon]
Journal, 28 January 2005.