Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Theodore Root of Kingston died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, April 19, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingston with the Rev. Michael Nelson officiating. Military Honor Guard will be the Johnson-Kelly American Legion of Kingston. A time to gather with family and friends will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Theodore William Ruotsinoja was born May 8, 1926, on the family farm in Section 16 of Kingston Township to Arvid Theodore and Impi M. (Hokkanen) Ruotsinoja. He was baptized by Rev. Andrew Kuusisto at the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kingston Township and confirmed by Rev. Arne juntunen at our Savior's Lutheran Church in French Lake. He attended elementary school in Kingston and graduated in the class of 1943 of Litchfield High School. Following graduation, Ted farmed with his father until his 18th birthday when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. It was at this time that the family decided to Americanize a difficult Finnish surname, and the name was shortened to "Root." While in the Navy, Ted had his training at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago and also took classes at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. Ted served in the Pacific Theatre onboard the aircraft carrier USS Shipley Bay, as a radio communications specialist. Following his discharge, Ted returned to the family farm. Ted married Alice Ida Hoeft Nov. 27, 1947, in the Kimball Methodist Church. Together, they purchased their farm in Section 22 of Kingston Township. Ted was active in the Kingston community, having served on the Kingston School Board, was a board member of the Kingston Co-op Dairy Association, was an active and charter member of Johnson-Kelly Legion Post #483 of Kingston, and was a lifelong member of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Kingston. During their farming years, Ted and Alice operated an egg business, delivering to restaurants, nursing homes, grocery stores, schools and co-ops throughout the Minneapolis area. In their retirement years, Ted and Alice loved to travel, having visted every continent except Australia. Ted was preceded in death by his parents Arvid and Impi, both in 1977; sister Betty in 1936; a stillborn son in 1952; and grandson Nathan Theodore in 1981. Ted is survived by his wife of 60 years Alice of Kingston; daughter and son-in-law Anne (and Ron) Darsow of Otsego; son and daughter-in-law Ned (and Barbara) Root of Kimball; grandsons Travis Theodore (and Lisa) Ingebrigtson of Hanover, Jacob (and Sara) Ingebrigtson of St. Paul, Christopher Root of San Francisco, Calif., Stephen Root of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Daniel (and Rachel) Root of Eagan; great-grandchildren Ashley, Zachary, Tyler and Lucas Theodore Ingebrigtson of Hanover; four step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren; sisters and brother Lillian Irvin of Lincoln, Calif., Alice (and Tom) Russell of Sebring, Fla., and Larry (and Pat) Root of South St. Paul. Pallbearers will be Travis Ingebrigtson, Jacob Ingebrigtson, Christopher Root, Stephen Root, Daniel Root and Kevin Root. Honorary pallbearers will be Arnold Ruotsinoja, Jim Kangas and Ted's four great-grandchildren Ashley, Zachary, Tyler and Lucas Ingebrigtson. In lieu of flowers, the family would like a memorial sent in Ted Root's name to: Suomi Special Interest, Conference of the ELCA, Treas. Sandy Stephenson-Nys, P.O. Box 1065, Proctor, Minn. 55810. Moneys will be designated for youth ministry and confirmation in re-establishing Finnish-speaking congregations in Karelia, Russia.