Thomas Edward Armstrong, 85, Brazil, passed away at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Brazil, April 8, 2009, following an extended illness.
He was born in Van Buren Township, Jan. 5, 1924, to Frank and Vesta (Chatham) Armstrong. He joined the United States Army as a young man and served during WWII as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne. During the war, he served in Japan and the South Pacific and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. Later he served state side as a training officer during the Korean War. Mr. Armstrong was Honorably Discharged in 1952.
Mr. Armstrong married Ruth Thomas, April 6, 1947. He worked for Methodist Hospital as a construction supervisor, retiring in 1988. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Dan Armstrong, Joe Armstrong and William Armstrong, as well as an infant sister Mary Anna Armstrong.
Survivors include his wife Ruth Armstrong, son Tommy Dale Armstrong and wife Elissa, Brazil, grandson Brian Armstrong and wife Misty, Center Point, five great-grandchildren: Tyler Armstrong, Tori Armstrong, Jase Armstrong and Bryan Bell, all of Center Point, Cody Armstrong, Oklahoma City, Okla., two nieces and one nephew: George Armstrong, Calif., Norma Armstrong, California and Virginia Armstrong, Columbus, Ohio.
Graveside services will be held at Calcutta Cemetery Saturday, April 11, 2009, at 1:30 p.m., with Pastor Lyle Monnett officiating. Military services will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127 and American Legion Post 2, as well as the United States Army. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the VFW Post 1127.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.