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RALPH L. ARMSTRONG, JR., passed away May 17th, 2012, after a brief illness. Mr. Armstrong was born August 15, 1926, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He grew up in Lewisville, Arkansas, and was resident of San Antonio, Texas, for almost 60 years; however, he loved the western United States and moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, in 2011.
He attended the University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, specializing in underwater demolition.
Mr. Armstrong was a noted Real Estate Developer and Broker in San Antonio, Texas. He participated in the development of Hollywood Park, among other residential and commercial developments in the San Antonio area. He was a member of the San Antonio Board of Realtors for over 50 years. This was more than a profession for him; it was a passion. In addition to his professional accomplishments, he was a friend and mentor to many.
His interests were varied and he gained proficiency in all the things he loved. He enjoyed golf (he was a single-digit handicapper), and had a special love for flying. He was instrument, comercial and multi-engine rated, and logged over 8,000 hours over the last 50 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Ralph L. Armstrong and Kathleen Moore Armstrong, and his sister, Helen Armstrong Beatty. He is survived by his loving wife, Susanne; two sons, Larry Armstrong (Cyndi) and Danny Armstrong (Lori), both of San Antonio, Texas; one stepson, Randy Southers, of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren, Lindsey and Kelley Armstrong and Jimmy Armstrong, all of San Antonio, Texas; two nephews and a niece; as well as many friends.
He passed away at his home in Grand Junction surrounded by his wife, Susanne; his niece, Carol Beatty Marsh; and his beloved dogs, Reggie and Ginger
A memorial will be planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Colorado National Monument Association (CNMA), 1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, CO 81521.
Published in Express-News on May 20, 2012