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FLAT ROCK-Eugene Ronald Armstrong, 72, of Flat Rock, NC, passed away July 22, 2015 in Asheville, NC. He was born February 25, 1943 in New York City, and grew up in Georgia and Florida.
After serving overseas in the U.S. Army Security Agency, Gene attended Florida State University, where he met his wife, Ann, and graduated with a degree in International Affairs. He spent thirty years with the Central Intelligence Agency where at various times Gene directed major studies on foreign military capabilities, two national espionage damage assessments, and the implementation of arms control treaties. At retirement he was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.
Gene loved playing with his grandchildren Nicholas, 7, William, 6, Rhys, 5, Ellen, 4, and Lorelei, 2. Gene also loved nature and the study of history, and spent much of his time reading and gardening.
Gene is survived by Ann, his wife of 47 years; his son David and daughter-in-law Kelsey, of Burlingame, CA; and his son Matthew and daughter-in-law Emily, of Arlington, VA. He is also survived by his brother Robert and sister-in-law Carolyn of Carrollton, GA, and his sister Doris of Palm Bay, FL.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday, August 10th, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hendersonville, NC. The family will receive friends at the church following the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Interfaith Assistance Ministry Capital Campaign, PO Box 2562, Hendersonville, NC 28793 or The Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on July 28, 2015
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