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Edward Raymond Armstrong

August 6, 1936 - March 21, 2014 <-

Edward (Ed) Raymond Armstrong, 77 went home to be with his Lord on March 21, 2014 in Las Cruces, NM.

Ed was born on August 6, 1936 in Creighton, PA to parents Archie and Ethel Mae Irvine Armstrong. He married his wife, Barbara on December 18, 1984 in Andrews, TX and moved to Cloudcroft, NM in 2004. Ed served in the United States Air Force and graduated from the University of Texas Permian Basin in 1983 with a BA degree in Psychology. He was a handwriting analyst, loved golfing and gold prospecting, and was a true mountain man, always helping others at every opportunity. Ed especially loved to spend time with and adored his granddaughter, Baili Jones. He was deeply concerned and involved in the preservation of the forest and the natural habitat. His “best friend” was his dog, Wolfie (deceased). He was with the Liquor Control, worked for the Texas Parks and Recreation Department, however, the job he most loved was working for NASA where he was responsible for locating and collecting space history for the Smithsonian Institute. He later served as the superintendent of maintenance for the Midland Mall when it was first built, a probation officer and, in retirement worked as an aid in the Andrews public school system helping special needs children.

Ed is survived by his wife of 29 years, Barbara; sons Timothy Armstrong of Graham, TX, Kevin Whelchel, fiancé Bonnie and her daughter Allison Onate, Cloudcroft, Cody Whelchel (Daniella), Cloudcroft, daughter Sheri Jones(Pamela Burnett) Lubbock, and granddaughter, Baili Jones, Lubbock; his brothers Ron Armstrong (Linda), Colorado, Doug Armstrong (Carolyn), California, and Dick Armstrong (Ruby), Washington; and his sisters, Arlene Sellers (John), Atlanta, and Grace Zahradnik, Pennsylvania.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cloudcroft United Methodist Church in Cloudcroft, NM to be officiated by Rev. Eileen Utton. Memorial gifts may be made to Cloudcroft United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 229, Cloudcroft, NM 88317 or the Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005.



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