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Jay A. Root, age 71 of Germantown passed away peacefully on November 17, 2021 from a lengthy battle with kidney disease. Jay was born in Dayton, OH to the late Daniel and Florence (Cunningham) Root, graduated from Brookville High School class of 1969, and was an Air Force Veteran where he served as a crew chief on C130's during Vietnam. After returning from Vietnam he attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he earned his Bachelors Degree in 1976. After college he worked at a couple different funeral homes before purchasing Arpp & Root Funeral Home in Germantown where he was in business for over 30 years. Jay was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Germantown Rotary Club, Germantown IOOF Lodge #21, and the Twin Valley #240 Royal Arch Masons of Ohio. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Wesley A. Root and his sister Jennifer Kromer. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Carol (Gephart) Root, his nephew Nick (Carolyn) Kromer, daughter-in-law Lisa (Breeding) Root, step-daughter Kari Carter, step-son Chad (Jillian) Riegel, grandchildren Cameron Carter, Cole Riegel, Rachel Root, Kaitlyn, Cody and Kora Riegel as well as numerous extended family members and dear friends. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10:00am at St. John's United Church Christ, 201 W. Market St. Germantown, OH 45327 with Pastor Todd Smith officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday November 21, 2021 from 2-5PM at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Germantown Rotary Club or St. John's United Church of Christ.
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Having just within the hour learned of dear Jay's completing his earthly daily health challenges and the loving family/friends gatherings; I have turned to this Tribute Wall for comfort since having the sadness of Jay's death from our lives BUT, NO DOUBTING he is with our Heavenly Father. The previously shared loving expressions are so purely reflecting the life and knowledge of having their lives bettered & strengthened from Jay's relationship. I know, personally, my absence from Germantown residency for over 50 years kept me from knowing the fun with him at Cardinal Roost for instance, but I always knew Jay was special because of my family's respect for the Arpps, thus Jay, also, had to be the BEST. THIS TRIBUTE WALL confirms my feelings whenever I would see Jay in town or witness his professional contribution to each and every family with sincerity, that, indeed, Jay was/is a treasured resident of my wonderful hometown. Jay, having been just released from another hospitalization early February , was present showing his love to our family funeral time for a fellow Air Force (even tho different generation) - yes, gentlemen to be fondly remembered. I am glad my frequent town visits included Jay and knowing and seeing his importance to those who loved him. I share the grief being experienced and send loving thoughts for memories to bring smiles and good ness with the healing from sorrow .
Diane Hayes Nov 23 2021 12:00 AM
Kari and Carol, I am truly saddened to hear of Jay's passing. He was so very kind to my whole family during services provided after the death of my father and then my mother. I can't express what his attentativness and caring shown to my mother and then after her home going to us during our time of bereavement. I know you will miss him greatly. I will hold you in my prayers during this time of sadness and remembrance.
Zola R Fisk Nov 23 2021 12:00 AM
Jay was a well respected funeral director to his colleagues and represented his profession with the utmost class and dignity. Our deepest sympathy to his entire family.
Kevin Rogers and family Nov 23 2021 12:00 AM
Carol, Im so very sorry to hear about Jay. My heart and prayers are with you and the family during this time.
Sheryl Lala Nov 20 2021 12:00 AM
Jay was one of the good guys!! Our heartfelt condolences to Carol and the whole family.
Mark and LuAnn Sizemore Nov 19 2021 12:00 AM
Jay was such a frequent customer of ours at The Cardinal Roost that brother Don jokingly said that we should call it The Arpp and Root annex !! What a great person- great sense of humor, and compassionate man. He will be greatly missed by so many. May God give His grace, comfort and peace to Carol and the whole family now and in the days to come.
Bob an Julie Smith and Don Cox Nov 18 2021 12:00 AM
What a great guy, with a wonderful sense of humor. Comforting thoughts and prayers to Jays family, may peace be with you all.
Dan Wilson Nov 18 2021 12:00 AM
Jay and I were close friends through high school and beyond. We communicated with trust and the complete honesty that only best friends can. JR gave me many memories that I will remember and lots of good advice that I will value for the rest of my life. Knowing Jay made my life happier and fuller and I will always be grateful. my life.
Dave Wilson Nov 18 2021 12:00 AM
Jay was a great man! Ill never forget those times late at night working with him. He believed in me and our company, I always appreciated his business. My condolences to his family.
David Ankrom Nov 17 2021 12:00 AM
Our love and prayers for comfort and peace. Bless his heart, he sure was a fighter...sometimes even with a sense of humor! Holding you all near our hearts
Tom and Sherry Wallace Nov 17 2021 12:00 AM