The Life of Steven M. Root

Steven M. Root, 30 of Maxatawny Township, died unexpectedly on Thursday, September 8, 2022.  He was the fiance of Melinda E. Evans.  Born in West Reading, Steven was a son of Jeffrey C. Root, Reading and Bonnie J. (Kaufman), wife of Kenneth W. Price, Macungie.

Steven was a graduate of Emmaus High School, Class of 2010.  He was a self taught  classic auto restoration expert employed by Queens Auto Body, Macungie, since 2012.  

Steve enjoyed music, cars, and classic car restoration however, following the birth of his son, Nolan, Steven focused his energies on sharing his passions with his son.  Steven's greatest joy was fulfilled in being a Dad.  He also enjoyed spending time with his extended family.

In addition to his fiance Melinda, Mother and Step Father; and Father, Steven is survived by his 15 month old son, Nolan.  Steven is also survived by his fiance's parents, Nick J., husband of Caroline E. (Rennie) Evans, Topton; Melinda's brother, Nicholas J. Evans, Norristown; and a large extended family.

There will be a public visitation on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, followed by a private Memorial Service, officiated by The Reverend Dr. Paul W. Knappenberger.  Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family.

The family requests contributions be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Nolan E. Root Education Fund, c/o Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc., P.O. Box 292, Kutztown, PA  19530.

Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc., is in charge of arrangements.  Memories and condolences may be shared at

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My best friend and soul mate.

Steven, you are my best friend and soul mate. You are the best father to our son. I could not have asked for anyone better, you are perfection. You were so smart, handsome, loving, funny and hard working. 10+ years of loving you was simply not enough. The world just got a whole lot darker without your light here. Please watch over our family. We love you so much forever and always babe. 

Posted by Mel E on 09/10/2022

Forever in my heart

Steven, I will always love you and I miss you dearly. Our childhood memories together are some of the most special memories of my life. You were always the big brother I never had. Please know you are so precious to so many people and will never be forgotten.

I love you always,

Cousin Dani

Posted by Danielle R on 09/12/2022

Broken hearts

Our hearts were broken on sept 8th. We loved you like a second son. There are no words to describe our grief for you, for our daughter, for your son, for all the lost dreams and hopes for your little family. The tears are non stop. You've left such a big hole in our lives and you did so much for your family, it'll take a village to replace you. We are so grateful that you took such good care of Melinda for over 10 years; you truly were her soulmate. 

Posted by Nick and Caroline E on 09/13/2022

Gone to soon

A great "Son-in-Law" and Father to a very smart little boy. The pain will never stop and the empty spot never filled.

You were a superman to Mel and now her special angel to watch over her.

We will never forget you and I will guide Your little boy to be the kind of man you would have wanted him to be.

Posted by Nick E on 09/13/2022

Our beautiful boy

Steven, you were the best son we could have ever asked for. When you left us our hearts broke. We are numb and empty without you and can't comprehend this new world that doesn't include you. There was so much more life for you to live and fun times for us to have with your amazing little family. You were so proud to be a dad to Nolan and for us to see you embrace your role as Daddy was so special.  We will all fill him with your love and guiding hand in his life so he will never forget you. We miss you and love you so very much honey.  Love you forever


Posted by Bonnie P on 09/13/2022

Never forget the good times

I don't know if this will ever feel real. I know I'll never forget the times we had, nor the importance you had in this family. The texas trip, the snoozefests at the zoo. Our excitement at seeing the rhino poop. You always brought the laughs wherever you went. Rest in peace up there, and know we'll take care of things down here.

Posted by Nicholas E on 09/14/2022

Guardian angel

My heart aches for all the "could have and should have memories" that will never be. It does not seem fair that you and Melinda will never have your happily ever after, you will not be here to see Nolan grow up. We will always be here for them both, to help wipe away the tears and lift them up when they fall. Watch over them and help keep them safe. Always in our hearts. Uncle Jeff & aunt Sherry

Posted by Sherry S on 09/14/2022

His love for Her

In every photo of you and Melinda, the love you have for her is evident. Your smile screams how much you adore her and her eyes light up when you would enter the room. The way you each interacted with one another was as seamless as the moon standing by the stars in the evening sky. It just worked and was meant to be. You made her laugh in ways I never knew she could and love in a way you only ever see in movies like the Notebook. Your love for Nolan radiates brighter than the sun and was clear in how close you would hold him and how easily you could comfort him when he was near you. Fatherhood was made for you. I speak of you in current tense because you may physically be at rest, but spiritually we all know you are still here, watching over your love and beautiful baby boy. You are missed by so many people and I thank you for giving my beautiful cousin the love she deserves and a child she will cherish for eternity. We all love and miss you Steve. I will truly miss our banter and smartass comments and our Christmas gift exchanges (I gave you beard supplies and you gifted me beautiful pineapple decor for future me that I will cherish always). I will never let Little Man forget you and will always remind him of how much you love him and to take moments of peace to listen and look for subtle signs that you are still beside him, guiding him through his life's journey. May you be at peace and know that we have Melinda and Nolan and will always remind them of your admiration, love, and devotion that you have for them both. Until we meet again and reunite beneath the rainbow bridge. 

Posted by Victoria S on 09/14/2022