Millard Von Root

Millard Von Root, a man who knew his Bible inside and out and shared his love for his Lord with many, went to meet his Lord and Savior on September 27, 2022. Millard was born February 11, 1932, in Chester Township, Michigan to William and Iva Boyer (Root), the youngest of 11 children in the family. With a kind heart and a powerful voice, Millard often said, “Let me tell you a little story.” In his early years he was a pitcher for the American Legion baseball club, but he hung up his mitt for a Bible and lived to preach and share the Word with others. His favorite verse leading him in all he did, 1 Peter 2:5, “you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Millard worked for 30 years at General Motors, was a union representative and also farmed 210 acres. With over 67 years as a minister, Millard helped start eight congregations, preached at 88 different churches and he memorized most of the Bible.
Family meant everything to Millard. His children say he was the best dad anyone could ask for. In 1952 he married Phyllis Griffin and together they had six children and a house filled with love. There were always family adventures and special times at their cottages in Michigan and at their winter home in Florida. Fishing, hunting, learning about everything history, reading to expand his knowledge, and traveling around the country to share the gospel were things that Millard enjoyed.
Millard is survived by his wife of 70 years, Phyllis; his children, Duonna (Tom) Worstell, Kevin (Teresa) Root, Tim (Doreen) Root, Sheila (Bob) Veitch, and Curt (Connie) Root, daughter-in-law, Jodi Root; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Mark Root; his parents; and ten siblings.
Friends are encouraged to support Millard’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his Tribute Page at Visitation is Monday, October 3, 1-3:00 p.m. with funeral services following at 3:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Steve Doty officiating. The funeral will be webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to, click on Millard’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.