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William "Bill" Henry Armstrong

Born: Tue., Dec. 8, 1931
Died: Fri., Mar. 4, 2016


Visiting

7:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 11, 2016
Location: Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium


Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sat., Mar. 12, 2016


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William Henry Armstrong (Bill) was born on December 8, 1931 on the farm at Erskine, Alberta.  Bill passed away peacefully at the Stettler Hospital Complex on March 4, 2016 at the age of 84 years.
Bill leaves to mourn: his wife Louise (Bauman), children Fred (Marlene) Armstrong, Steve (Karen) Armstrong, Linda (Derwin) Deems, John (Kelly) Armstrong; 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren: Trevor (Zheng) Armstrong –Lilja, Tyrus, Amanda (Craig) Paskuski – Owen, Reid, Megan (Russel) Yoshihara – Keely, Greyson, Craig (AJ) Armstrong – Kolby, Kingsley, Kortney, Kent (Jaclyn) Armstrong, Rod (Alicia) Armstrong – Hailey, Mason, Tyler, Ricky Armstrong, Carly Armstrong, Ron (Carrie) Deems – Hunter, Ryan (Amber) – Jack, Ray (Erin) Deems, Miles (Krista) Armstrong – Hannah, Zach Armstrong, Brady (Marie) Armstrong; numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends as well as dear friends Mel and Pat Kelm and Richard Hand.  Bill is predeceased by: daughter Glenda, parents Fred and Helena Armstrong, sister Dorothy, her husband Harold Fouts, brothers Jack his wife Peggy, George, his wife Vera; in-laws Fritz and Audrey Bauman, Joyce and Ken Bauman, Mary Sims (Bauman), Martin Bauman, nephews Warren Bauman and Don Irwin.
He was raised in the Erskine area where he attended school through grade 12. He started farming at a young age with his father.   Bill married the love of his life Louise Bauman on June 22, 1955. They had 5 children Fred, Steve, Linda, Glenda and John. As the kids grew he coached on many of their teams including baseball and curling. Time on the farm included haying, bale hauling and combining, where everyone had a job doing something. If you weren’t big enough to touch the pedals or brake you made due by standing up or whatever worked to get the job done. As the boys got older, Bill and Louise took many trips south with friends ending up as far south as Arizona, traveling all over the western States. They never once travelled on an airplane. They continued the friendships at home playing cards and visiting with many good neighbors.
Visitation will be on Friday, March 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm at Stettler Funeral Home.   A celebration of life for Bill will be held at Stettler Funeral Home on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 3 pm.  Memorial donations may be made to Erskine United Church, the Erskine Curling Club or charity of choice.  

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David Ellis
   Posted Mon March 07, 2016
I was very fortunate to know Bill from my early days in the area which is now almost 40 years ago. He was a large part of the Erskine community that always made me feel welcome. It was my privilege to have known Bill and most of his family.
My sincere condolences.

Lorence and Cherie Pochylko
   Posted Tue March 08, 2016
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Armstrong. Bill will be sadly missed; he leaves a legacy built on honor and integrity, worthy of any great man. Not only Bill's large family is left to mourn his passing, but the entire Erskine community will feel his loss. Cherie and I are unable to attend Bill's service, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Albert & Sandy Scott
   Posted Tue March 08, 2016
We are deeply saddenned by Bill's passing. I first met Bill when I started working for Starling & Innocent in the parts department and later through his family. He was one of the many regulars who came in for coffee daily. His daily visits inevitably grew into a friendship. Over the years our respect for each other grew. When I left the dealership ten years later, it felt like I was leaving family as that is how he treated me. He will be missed.

Scott Glendinning
   Posted Thu March 10, 2016
I write this to Fred Armstrong and the entire family. I have had the opportunity to get to know Fred by working with him for several years. From my family to yours my friend, our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers on the loss of your father.

Scott

Jack Ruiter
   Posted Thu March 10, 2016
My sincere condolences to Fred and all of the family during this time of significant transition in your lives. Fred has shared numerous stories of growing up on the farm and working with his father. He sounded like he was a wonderful father and family man. God bless.

Rick Leicht
   Posted Sat March 12, 2016
I have had the honour to have Bill in my life as a friend, father figure, neighbor, boss, coach, team mate. To the entire Armstrong families our deepest sympathy goes out to you your entire family.

Diane Hewlett
   Posted Thu June 02, 2016
Bill Armstrong was a wonderful, warm, funny but true gentleman. I just learned today that he passed away in early March around the same time as my father, Wilf Hewlett. Through my teen years, I had the great fortune to spend time with Steve and his wonderful parents. Bill would unmercifully tease girls around Steve -- a trait that now shines in his son. Both are able to make us blush and laugh. I wish I would have had the wit I have today... it would be a joy to hear him laugh again. My condolences to Louise and the entire Armstrong Family. I like to think that Bill and Wilf are keeping things lively in heaven together.

Tom and Bette Welch
   Posted Tue July 19, 2016
Louise, and family -- We knew that Billy was getting older...like we all are! But we get to thinking that we'll go on forever! We are so sorry to hear that he is gone. He was always my main memory of youth and Erskine! I know you will miss him.
Bless you all.

Hugs from Tom and Bette Welch

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