Sam Edward Root


Sam Edward Root, 83, of Miles City died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at his home in Miles City.

Mr. Root was born on May 10, 1930, in Westmore, the son of Harry and Dora Root. The family moved to Miles City in 1933 where he attended school. 

He enlisted in the United States Army on Nov. 25, 1947, and served in the Army for two years until his honorable discharge on Nov. 24, 1949.

After the Army, Mr. Root worked at the roundhouse on the Milwaukee Railroad, various construction jobs, and for Kiewit until his retirement.

He and Phyllis Janisch were married and to this union three children were born, Tamara Lea, Anthony Joseph and Timothy George. 

Mr. Root later married the love of his life, Christine Spottedwolf, in Terry. He and Christine made their home in Miles City and they had two daughters, Delva and Kim. They remained married until her death in 2003.

Mr. Root enjoyed woodworking, gardening, collecting arrowheads and artifacts, boating and riding motorcycles in his younger days. He truly loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His survivors include his two daughters, Delva Johnson and Kim (Gregory) Justice, both of Miles City; daughter, Tamara (Gary) Hoppe of Billings; two sons, Anthony Joseph Root of Coos Bay, Ore., and Timothy George Root of Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister, Adeline Bartle; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Rita Root; and his two pets, Sammy and Tiger. 

Mr. Root was preceded in death by his wife, Christine; his parents, Harry and Dora; two brothers, Dan and Ben Root; his ex-wife, Phyllis; one sister and one brother-in-law, Dorothy and Roy Slusher; and sister-in-law, Onie Root.

Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City with full military honors. 

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