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Saturday, October 25, 2014

NWA Capt. Robert Murray Root

Update/obituary and celebration of life for NWA Capt. Bob Root......
memorial service planned for November 19th in Surprise AZ ...please see details below.
Should you have questions or concerns, you may contact Rob Root at 651-335-8305.
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
                Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Robert Murray “Olde Bob” Root, 75, Surprise AZ.
Surrounded by his family, Bob succumbed to pneumonia on October 20, 2014 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.
Bob was born, January 6, 1939 in Denver, CO. He was a graduate of Rapid City High School (South Dakota) and an alumnus of the University of Colorado. Bob was a Vietnam War era Combat Pilot and Squad Commander rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He was a proud Northwest Airlines pilot who spent over 30 years as a commercial airline pilot, instructor pilot and check airman. Bob loved his life as an aviator, telling heartfelt stories about his many flying adventures.
Outside of flying, Bob had three passions. He was a Journalism major at Boulder and his enthusiasm for writing remained throughout his life. Bob’s A Family Christmas Letter, Surprise From Surprise and The Root Cellar (written for the RNPA magazine) showed his wit, insight, and often self-deprecating humor.
Playing the piano was a constant presence throughout Bob’s life. He learned to play on his dad’s Steinway and played at his college fraternity house parties, Officer Club events and all manner of social gatherings at home throughout his life. Joplin’s The Entertainer, Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C Sharp Minor and Happy Birthday were among the classics Bob shared for those who gathered.

Golf became Bob’s favorite hobby while a teenager in Montana. During his 60 years as a golfer, he played while on R&R in Vietnam, played in the desert in California, played the TPC at Sawgrass (he knocked it stiff on the island green) and shared many, many golf adventures with his best friend for more than 50 years, Peter Petersen.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Ida. He is survived by his wife, Verlee and their four-legged “kids” Mulligan and Ace. He is also survived by his sister Kathy Feininger (Conrad) of Westport, MA, children, Rob (Kay) of Shakopee, MN, Karen of Keystone, SD, Beth (Chris Olson) of Jordan, MN and Tim (Tanya) of Shakopee, MN and ten grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned in Surprise, AZ for November 19th at 1:30p.m. at the Chaparral Center in Sun City Grand. A service will also be held in July, 2015 near Stonebrook Golf Course in Shakopee, MN.

Sent: 10/25/2014 9:58:19 P.M. Subj: Robert Murray Root - Obit 
............ attached is an obituary we’ve cobbled together for my dad.  Thank you for all of your support for Bob and Lee.
If you have any questions or additional needs, please feel free to contact me........................
Best regards,
Rob Root
From: Carol Sent: Saturday, October 25, 2014 7:38 PM
Subject: passing of RNPA member NWA Capt. Bob Root , age 75

Vietnam war veteran, NWA Capt. Robert ‘Bob’ M. Root
January 6, 1939 ~ October 20, 2014
Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain Robert Murray Root, age 75.  Captain Root joined Northwest Airlines 05-06-1968 and retired with Northwest at the mandatory age 60 in 1999.
Survived by his wife Verlee ‘Lee’, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
20068 N. Siesta Rock Drive , Surprise  AZ 85374-4532  ...  (623) 214-3107 
Should we receive more information as to arrangements, we will be sure to advise and post.
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
                Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/

From: RNPA News  Sent: Saturday, October 25, 2014 7:13 AM      Subject: RNPA News: Bob Root Has Flown West.

It is my sad duty to tell you that Bob Root passed away on Monday, Oct 20, at 3:15pm in the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

Services are pending.  Lee hopes to be able to have a Phoenix gathering on Nov 20 in Sun City Grand.  Time and place to be determined.

Gary Pisel

1 comment:

  1. I served as a co-pilot on several trips with Bob , at Northwest Airlines. Great wit and personality. God bless him , and his family. May he rest in peace. Sincerely, William J Leding