John Lewis Armacost, 89, of Westminster, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Lorien Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Taneytown.
Born Dec. 5, 1923, in Carroll County, he was the son of the late George H. Armacost Sr. and Edith Brown Armacost. He was the husband of Betty Ahalt Armacost, his wife of more than 58 years.
He was a 1941 graduate of Westminster High School, and a graduate of the University of Maryland. He was a member of the first golf team of Westminster Senior High School and lettered on the University of Maryland golf team. He was awarded membership in the "M" club, where he was known for his ability and sportsmanship.
He served in the Army
Air Corps, serving in the European Theatre as part of the 434th Troop Carrier Group, the 71st Troop Carrier Squadron, ferrying troops and supplies to Normandy, Bastogne, Holland and to Germany.
He was a licensed professional civil engineer in the employ of the State Roads Commission of Maryland for more than 20 years. He became director of the Roads Department of Carroll County and later was the director of Public Works of Carroll County.
In 1982 he was elected to the Board of County Commissioners of Carroll County, and handily won re-election in 1986, serving two full terms as a commissioner and eight years as president of the board. He opted to not seek re-election in 1990.
He was a member of the Engineering Society of Baltimore, the County Engineers of Maryland, the American Legion Post No. 0282 of Woodsboro, and the National Rifle Association. Previously, he enjoyed being a member of the Choral Society of Carroll County from it's inception. He was also a former member of the Westminster Rotary Club
He enjoyed playing golf, traveling, playing cards and being with family and friends.
Surviving are children Mark L. Armacost and wife Carla, of Hanover, Pa., Brian A. Armacost and wife Darlene, of Emmitsburg, Jill L. Armacost, of San Antonio, Texas, and Sheryl A. Dutterer and husband Bruce, of Littlestown, Pa.; a sister, Barbara A. Butler, of Waynesboro, Va.; and grandchildren April A. Hoffman and husband Jake, of McSherrystown, Pa., Shelly L. Armacost, of Sinking Spring, Pa., Theodore C. Armacost, of Hanover, Rachel C. and Evan J. Dutterer, of Littlestown, and Dana Croft, of Frederic; great-grandchildren Gunnar and Ava Hoffman, and Lawson Croft; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brothers George H., Rowland B., and James W. Armacost; and a sister, Edith A. Ernest.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 91 Willis St., Westminster.
There will not be a viewing, as cremation will follow. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005; or to the
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