May 14, 1948 ~ December 10, 2010
Mike Root, 62, Fargo, passed away at his home surrounded by his family and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.Mike Root was born on May 14, 1948 in Miles City, Montana. He attended school for the deaf and blind in Great Falls, MT and graduated from Great Falls High School. After graduation he attended Eastern Montana College, now Montana State University, Billings. Mike lived in Great Falls and worked for US West Telephone Company. He then moved to Billings and continued working at US West where he met his wife, Donna. He played in bands as a guitarist, bass player and singer while traveling throughout the Midwest states to entertain.Mike loved being with his grandchildren and also enjoyed amateur radio, all kinds of music, any kind of electronics, books and was willing to try anything at least once. He never let his blindness get in the way of doing anything, such as riding bike, driving and hunting. Mike loved learning and was able to audit classes at Concordia College under Professor Roy Hammerling where he could theorize with the students and in doing so made many friends. Mike is survived by his wife, Donna; his children, Brandon, Bristol, CT, Kiersten (Bill) Bishop, Plainville, CT, Jill Jorgensen, Billings, Mt, Sean Root, Great Falls, MT; 7 grandchildren; sisters, Beverly (Jerry) Williams, Miles City, MT and Betty (Russ) Engesser, Billings, MT. He also leaves many nieces and nephews which he truly loved.Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Onie Root and his brother, Art (Duke) Root. The family wishes to thank the volunteers of Hospice of the Red River Valley and Essentia Health, Fargo.