Lloyd Eugene Root
1909 - 2005

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Lloyd E. Root
Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)
 

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.


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