Obituary: Thomas Elbert Armstrong Jr – October 23 1947-August 10 2018

Thomas E Armstrong Jr, 70, of Rockford, passed away on August 10, after a long hard fight with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy which is attributed to agent orange exposure in Vietnam.

The funeral service will be held at Courtland Township Cemetery on August 30 at 4:30pm.

Following the burial a memorial service celebrating Tom’s life will be held at the Rockford Community Cabin, all are welcome.

Tom was born in Grand Rapids on October 23, 1947. He graduated from Rockford High School in 1965. Tom was an accomplished high school wrestler at Rockford. He was drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam from February of 1968 to February 1969. He received numerous medals from his service in Vietnam including Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army commendation Medal, a Bronze Star and he was also a sharpshooter.

Tom was married to Phyllis on August 15, 1970; they were married almost 48 years.

Tom worked at the post office for forty years. He enjoyed working on the farm with his tractors and animals. He loved watching sports and never missed his sons’ games or matches.

Tom is survived by his wife Phyllis, mother Maxine, brothers Michael, Jack, Roger, Phillip, and Teddy, sister Betsy, sons Ryan and Salka Armstrong, Nate and Amanda Armstrong, and Andy and Tiffany Armstrong, and grandchildren, Alisa and Jack, Brody, Marlee and Luke, Hadley and Rylan and countless other friends and family.

Tom is preceded in death by his father Tom Sr. and brothers Gerald and Russell.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Disabled American Veterans(DAV).