Albert Alden Armstrong

Albert Alden Armstrong formely of Exton Albert Alden Armstrong, 90, passed away in his sleep on June 4, 2013 after a long illness. He was born on February 17, 1923 to Elsie Mae Smith Armstrong and Herbert Bernard Armstrong. He was the youngest of three boys. He was predeceased by older brothers Herbert B. Jr. and John (Jack) Smith Armstrong. The four Armstrong men shared many good times together: fishing, golfing, hunting, and playing baseball for Roslyn Presbyterian Church. Al pitched a no-hitter for Abington High School and later pitched in the Industrial League. Al enlisted in the Army in 1942. The next year, he took the train to Philadelphia on a forged pass to marry his High School sweetheart, Mildred Edythe Burkle. He was an award winning marksman and worked in the Blackhawk Battalion Headquarters in finance. He served with his battalion in the Battle of the Bulge and later as part of the occupation presence in the Philippines. He shared many stories of the solidarity of the soldiers. One was of an Army Cook who worked all night in an ice storm to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for the troops in the field. Millie and Al settled in their hometown of Roslyn, Pa. with family and friends. They soon had son Robert Alden and daughter Deborah Gail. Al attended the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School at night for seven years to get his degree in finance. A position in finance brought them to Exton, Pa. Al volunteered his financial skills in the local community: at the Exton Baptist Church, and on the committee to oversee the building of North Junior High. They had many happy years in Exton, staying close to their High School friends, our "Aunts" and "Uncles". Al remained an avid golfer, even teaching the love of the game to others at a community college. They moved to Charlotte, N.C. in 2002 to be near their daughter Debbie. Millie, the love of his life, passed away in 2009. Surviving are their son, Rob, granddaughter Courtney (Mike) Golisano and grandson Evan. Also daughter Debbie and Tony Bream, grandson Alex Johnson, granddaughter Kristen (Eric) Robinson and great-grandson Kade and great-granddaughter Reilly. A Memorial Service will be held at Roslyn Presbyterian Church, 1044 Easton Road at 11 a.m. on September 13, 2013. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.

Published in The Daily Local on Sept. 12, 2013