Jackson Northrup Root

August 8, 1935 - February 25, 2013

Jackson Northrup Root, 77, of the Holmstad Retirement Community in Batavia and formerly of Woodstock and Crystal Lake, passed away Monday, February 25, 2013 at Michealsen Health Care in Batavia.  Jack was born August 8, 1935 in Quincy, IL the son of Donald and Mercedes (nee Northrup) Root.  He was united in marriage to Linnea Swanson August 18, 1962 in Chicago, IL. Jack was a graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign. He was a member of the marching and concert bands, playing bassoon and clarinet.  Jack was employed as a system engineer and technical writer in the computer industry.  He is survived by his wife Linnea; sons Gregory (Tracy) Root of Franklin, TN and Timothy (Heather) Root of Lakemoor, IL;  grandchildren Kirsten, Tatum and Evan Root; sister Elizabeth (Ernie) Beckett of Twin Falls, Idaho;  brother-in-law Charles Swanson; and sister-in-law Roberta Swanson.  He is preceded in death by his parents.  A memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Batavia Covenant Church 1314 Main Street, Batavia, IL.  Visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the church.  A private burial took place.


In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack’s memory may be directed to Alpha-1 Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Avenue, Suite 302, Miami, FL 33133 or Benevolent Care Fund c/o The Holmstad, 700 West Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, IL 60510.

Guest Book

  • Beth Propp Jack, I never knew you played the Bassoon and now I know why the clarinet as well, there is no marching bassoon in parades. You will be missed by so many but none more than your dear wife and sweet family! Our hope is in our LORD Jesus Christ! Give our dear friend Lisa a hug, we'll see you 'soon' (except to us it will feel long). Your light will still shine!
  • Heather Root I love you and will miss you very much dad. Don't get in too much trouble! Just a little. Love Heather