Robert E. Armstrong, 96, of Holmes Beach, Florida and formerly of DeGraff, Ohio passed away at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton, Florida. He was born in Rosewood, Ohio on June 4, 1918 to the late Clarence E. and Mary Christine (Grove) Armstrong. On October 6, 1945 he married the former Carolyn Melhorn and she preceded him in death on March 11, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his sister Capitola Armstrong.
He is survived by his two sons, Richard (Gloria) Armstrong of DeGraff and Jerry (Darlene) Armstrong of DeBary, Florida; four grandchildren, Michelle (Patrick) Neer, David (Rebecca) Armstrong, Kisha Armstrong and Joe (Misty) Armstrong; six great grandchildren Ashley Armstrong, Matthew & Lydia Armstrong, and Rosie, Renee & Rachel Neer; two step-great grandchildren Tré Burnside and Devin Stallings; a special nephew Don (Anita) Melhorn; and special friends Steve & Kathy Nogle.
A 1936 graduate of DeGraff High School, Robert taught the 1972-73 high school radio class. He also served as a school board member for 12 years. He and his wife then moved to Florida and operated Haley’s Motel until 1979. He formerly owned and operated the Armstrong & Kinnan Hardware Store and the Shopperette Newspaper, both in DeGraff. He had worked at the post office and was a HAM radio operator. Robert greatly enjoyed spending time visiting with his friends and he was very well known locally as an author and DeGraff historian.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 210 W. Hayes Street, DeGraff, Ohio. Visitation will be Sunday, July 27th from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home with a Masonic Service beginning at 7:45 p.m. Burial will be in Greenwood-Union Cemetery in DeGraff.
Memorial contribution may be made in Robert’s memory to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Grand Blvd, Sarasota, Florida 34238.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in DeGraff.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.