Mr. John A. Root, 68, of Wataga, Illinois passed away 7:36 a.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center Peoria, Illinois. John was born November 14, 1950, in Galesburg, Illinois the son of George A. and MaryBelle (Harrison) Root. He married Janet Truman in 1993 in Galesburg, Illinois, she survives. Also, surviving are two sons, Jonathan (and Tracy) Root of Kansas City, Missouri and Bradley (and Misty) Standard of Washington, Illinois. Two daughters, Kimberly (and Patrick) Field of St. Louis, Missouri and Michele (and Aaron) Standard of Galesburg; grandchildren, Brittany Martin, Ashley Martin, Hannah Root, Brandon Alvarado, Leigha Parvin, Sean Standard, and Drew Standard; one great-grandchild, Kayden Bennett. He was preceded in death by three sisters. John graduated from Galesburg High School in 1968. He worked for Gates Rubber Company in Galesburg for 30 years. He then worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad as a Conductor before retiring. He was a Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed going to the riverboat. John belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Galesburg in his earlier years.
Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Service Galesburg Chapel. Funeral Service will be 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel with Chaplain Jordan Knight officiating. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials may be made to the Family. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com