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Joseph R. 'Joe' Armstrong

Sep 18, 2012 Staff

Joseph R. "Joe" Armstrong, of Riverton, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at his home in Riverton. He was 93 years old.

Celebration of life services were Saturday, Sept. 15, at the VFW Club in Riverton.

Joseph Robert Armstrong was born Aug. 22, 1919, the fourth of 11 children on a farm 12 miles north of Fort Collins, Colo., near Wellington, Colo., to Elwyn David and Ruth (Rotscheck) Armstrong.

He married Margaret Ashburn, and they had three children. After moving to Walden, Colo., and Gould, Colo., he worked in the timber industry until he started in the construction business operating heavy equipment.

In 1944 he joined the Navy and traveled both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, going through the Panama Canal three times in six months aboard the destroyer USS Barney and later aboard the cargo carrier USS Dade. At the time of discharge in 1946, he was in Charleston, S.C., putting the USS Saufley in mothballs.

He worked for C & H Construction after moving to Riverton in 1974. He later owned and operated his own crane business.

In 1989 he married Joan (Kelsey) Noah. Together they enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He was an avid bowler and gardener. He was a lifetime member of the VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; sons Les Armstrong and his friend Janiece Robinson of Riverton and Lenny Armstrong and his wife Jeannie Rae of Richmond, Va.; daughters Ruth Williams and her husband Roger of Nampa, Idaho, and Lisa Vincent of Riverton; grandchildren Pam Hatfield and her husband Mike, Buddy Armstrong and his wife Nicki, Polly Hilgers and her husband Rod, Kelly Armstrong, Kasey Armstrong, Deanna Williams, Brianne Williams, Jeremy Vincent, T.J. Paulsen and Kelcie Caswell; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brothers Blake Armstrong of Fortuna, Calif., Gene Armstrong and his wife Gwen of Sebastopol, Calif., Homer Armstrong and his wife Darlene of Lacey, Wash., and John Armstrong and his wife Diane of Graham, Wash.; and sister Notah Hays of Tacoma, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret; daughter-in-law Pat Armstrong; son Josh Noah; grandson Douglas Cornell; and five siblings.

Memorials may be made to the Amedisys Hospice in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

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