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Douglas Root

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On September 10, 2021 @ 11:44 am In Obituaries | 31 Comments

In Memorial

Douglas Root, 58, of Lancaster, PA passed away at his home.  Born in Lancaster, PA, he was the son of the late Ralph L. Root, Jr. and Sandra Groome Root of Willow Street.

He was a graduate of Manheim Township High School and attended Millersville University.  Doug went on to own and operate his own business, D.R. Landscape.

He was a huge Beatles fan, an avid concert goer, loved Cape May, enjoyed rooting for the Seattle Seahawks and most of all enjoyed watching his children swim competitively.

Surviving is his wife Debra Montgomery Root; his daughter, Gabriella, his son, Jackson, two sisters; Debra Musso wife of Francis Musso and Kelley Lutz wife of Harry Lutz and several nieces and nephews.

An informal Gathering will be held at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602 on Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.   Masks are required and all social distance guidelines will be enforced.  Please feel free to dress casual at the request of the family. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the SPCA of Lancaster, 843 South Prince St. Lancaster, PA 17603 or to Prevent Suicide PA, 529 S. 29th St. Harrisburg, PA 17104.  To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit: www.DeBordSnyder.com

Condolences for the family of “Douglas Root”

Condolence from Debra, Ella & Jack on September 11th, 2021 6:10 am

To Doug – You were loved beyond measure and loved us passionately in return. Our heart breaks at your passing but memories will sustain us. Be at peace.

Condolence from Dick and Marge Trout on September 11th, 2021 10:42 am

Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire family at this most difficult time. Peace with all of you!

Condolence from Shaun Fiester on September 11th, 2021 11:17 am

I am glad I got to share time with you on the golf course Doug. You were a very talented man. Rest In Peace now my friend. Sending love and support out to your family to find peace through this time as well.

Condolence from Missy Vaughan Axe on September 12th, 2021 6:19 am

Doug graduated with my brother John Vaughan. I do remember his smile and friendliness. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I’m sure he will be deeply missed.

Condolence from Bonnie Schmitt on September 12th, 2021 9:46 am

Please accept my most sincere sympathy.
I pray that beautiful memories will be of some help in sustaining you and your children during this difficult time.
May Doug Rest In Peace.
Bonnie Schmitt

Condolence from Lisa Terrell on September 12th, 2021 10:25 am

As a classmate and friend of Doug I was heartbroken to hear of Doug’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Doug’s family and friends during this very difficult time. His presence and beautiful smile will be missed dearly. Peace be with all. ❤️

Condolence from Erika Neiderer on September 12th, 2021 11:52 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. Erika and Larry Neiderer

Condolence from Keith LeVardi on September 12th, 2021 3:17 pm

I am shocked and saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. He was a great friend, a positive influence and will be missed. My sincere condolences to you Debra, Ella and Jack. Sending prayers your way. I hope you find strength during this difficult time.

Condolence from Steve and Kate Duke on September 12th, 2021 3:22 pm

Debra, Ella and Jack
There are just no words…he always had a smile and we have great memories of our family times together. May you find peace in the days and weeks ahead.
We pray that Doug has found peace.

Condolence from Phil Sechler on September 12th, 2021 4:13 pm

I am very sad about Doug’s passing. My deepest condolences to his family. Doug was a great friend; he was thoughtful, sensitive and kind; he had a quick wit; he was lots of fun; and I have many fond memories of him taking good care of his friends. I was privileged to have known him. He will be greatly missed. May you be comforted in this time of loss and sadness by your many happy memories of Doug. RIP wonderful, unforgettable Doug.

Condolence from Sheryl Haertter on September 12th, 2021 4:56 pm

Thinking of you Debra, Ella and Jack during such a heartbreaking time.

Let us help you in anyway we can.

Hugs ~
The Haertters

Condolence from Kathy Stump on September 13th, 2021 9:00 am

Debra, Ella and Jack,
We are very saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. I went to high school with Doug and he has taken care of our landscaping for many years. Through many conversations with Doug, I know how proud he was of Ella and Jack’s swimming accomplishments.
Our hearfelt sympathy and prayers are with you as you heal from his passing. May God’s love and grace comfort you during this very difficult time.
Chris and Kathy Stump

Condolence from Chris Frey on September 13th, 2021 10:39 am

I was a classmate of Doug’s and I am very saddened to learn of his passing. My deepest sympathy to Debra, Ella, & Jack. May your memories bring you comfort. Praying for your strength & peace.

Condolence from Glenn Abel on September 14th, 2021 12:06 pm

I had the pleasure of being in a band with Doug. I was always amazed with Doug’s voice. He was truly gifted. We had great times at practice and playing in public. He always made me laugh. He knew more about songs and artists than anyone I know and he turned me on to lots of music I wasn’t familiar with. Most importantly, he was a good person…kind and thoughtful.

My heart felt sympathy to Debra, Ella and Jack. You are in my prayers.

Doug you’re my brother and I love you. Rest In Peace my good friend.

Condolence from Kathy Hoover Marged on September 15th, 2021 2:40 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words that can take away your pain and sorrow at this time. Your entire family is in my prayers

Condolence from Cheryl Russell on September 15th, 2021 8:16 pm

Debra, Ella and Jack,

We send out deepest sympathy to you. May the memory of the life you shared with Doug help ease your sorrow. Find comfort in the knowledge that others care and sympathize with you. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with your family.

The Russell Family

Condolence from Bob Sherrard on September 16th, 2021 9:04 am


I am so sorry for your loss!!

My sister Pam heard news of your brother, recognized the name, and notified me.

Condolence from Spiros Birbas on September 16th, 2021 10:09 am

To the Root Family,

It is with great sadness to hear that Doug has passed away. I have known and worked with him for many years and considered him a dear friend, he will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to the family during this difficult and trying time.


Condolence from bob bender on September 16th, 2021 10:39 am

So sorry for your loss Debra and family. I lost my wife two months ago also . prayers Bob Bender

Condolence from Karen (Trouty) Barr on September 16th, 2021 11:37 am

So many sweet childhood memories of Doug. My thoughts and prayers are with you – Debra, Jack and Ella, to find peace in this difficult time. Doug was such a loving, warm, kind person – always a smile. He will be greatly missed. I pray for Doug’s peace and healing for your family. RIP Doug.

Condolence from Diane Johnson (Geltz) on September 16th, 2021 12:31 pm

Dear, dear Debra
My heart hurts for you, Ella and Jack, so much. Life throws some real hardships, but also some wonderful times. I pray, you turn to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through this most difficult time. I love ya Debra, even though we lost contact.

Condolence from Sue Wiglesworth on September 17th, 2021 8:01 am

Deb, Ella, & Jack,
We are so sadden by the sudden death of Doug. Words cannot express the loss you are feeling. Hopefully, in time the wonderful memories of Doug will help heal your families broken hearts. Please reach out to us if you need anything!
Our prayers are covering your family,
The Wiglesworth family

Condolence from Glen D Seidman on September 18th, 2021 6:49 am

My deepest sympathies to the entire Root family. I am thinking of you during this challenging time.

Condolence from Nickie/Chase Fasnacht & Family on September 18th, 2021 9:39 am

Deb, Ella, & Jack

We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Doug! He was quite the character and was always making friends and family laugh! His smile was infectious and he will be missed by many! Sending prayers, love, sympathy, and hugs your way! Thinking of you all and covering you in prayer!

Condolence from Linda Macaulay on September 19th, 2021 11:40 am

Debra, Jack and Ella,
I am so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. As someone who has been where you are now, please take the time — however long — to grieve and remember Doug. Take everything one minute, one hour, one day at a time. Hold each other. Love each other. I pray the memories of good times sustains you through the rough days ahead.
If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Condolence from Nicole (Szymanski) Belfiore on September 19th, 2021 4:28 pm

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. For you Doug, it sounds like you gave much more love than you took. I do remember you being a kind soul as my classmate in HS. I will miss thanking you in person. May God comfort your family.

Condolence from Jenn Ludwig/Ethan Lloyd on September 19th, 2021 4:47 pm

Debra, Jack, Ella,
We are so sorry for the loss of your husband & dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. And know that we, as the rest of the swimming community, are here for you all.

Condolence from Dana Taylor on September 19th, 2021 5:47 pm

Deb, Ella and Jack,

Our deepest sympathies at the loss of your husband and father. We will miss seeing Doug at swim meets, as he was so supportive of Ella and Jack.

The Taylor Family (Paul, Dana, Emily, Ryan, Sean and Luke)

Condolence from Lisa Thome on September 19th, 2021 8:37 pm

Dear Kelley and Family,
Saying I am so sorry to here about your brother, I am sure, doesn’t do much to relieve your sadness. But Doug and I are keeping you and your family in our prayers. We hope you can find some comfort with your family and lean on each other for support.
All our love,
Lisa and Doug

Condolence from Lisa May on September 28th, 2021 12:25 pm

Dear Debra, Ella, and Jack,

We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember Doug’s warm, friendly smile, and his complete devotion to you, his family.

You have our deepest sympathy.
The May family
Lisa, Rick, Michaela, and Carli

Condolence from Sabrina Kauffman-Gillette on October 21st, 2021 8:59 pm

Debra, Ella and Jack,
We are so sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. Words can’t express our sadness for your loss. He was such a nice man, funny and caring. He loved you all very much. You are all in our prayers.
Sabrina, Brian and Annalise

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