Armstrong, John Edward
John Edward Armstrong, 74, Green Bay, died Monday, May 5, 2014, at St. Vincent Hospital. He was born June 24, 1939, in Lena, WI to the late Clarence and Eva Armstrong. The family moved to Green Bay about four years later.
Johnny was a very "special" guy. As a child he was full of fun, eagerness, and the first to greet everybody who came to visit our home. Although his speech was far from perfect, John could get his stories out and would repeat them until he knew you had listened. Little children, cats and dogs liked him, and he liked them. John enjoyed music and would often tap his foot to the beat of a favorite tune. Riding in the car was a joy for him, and many trips were made up north to the Boulder Lake area where he loved to run and jump into the water and splash around.
When he was in kindergarten, John had been diagnosed as severely developmentally disabled with childhood cerebral palsy and seizures which took their toll over time. He was unable to walk or talk in recent years, but when he looked at you with those deep gray/blue eyes and smiled, he could reach your soul. Needless to say, John was dearly loved. He was a special gift from Heaven.
John is survived by five siblings; a sister, Beverly (Jack) Brooks; brothers, Robert Armstrong (John's twin), Tom (Muggs) Armstrong, Bill (Karen) Armstrong, all of Mountain, WI; and Jim (Chris) Armstrong, Appleton, WI; and many nieces and nephews, some residing globally.
Family and friends may gather at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Avenue, Green Bay, from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8. The Funeral Service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Deacon Jim Dennison officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Green Bay.
The Armstrong family gratefully extends thanks to John's special family at Verlin Home in Green Bay, his caregiver Culleen and the entire staff at Innovative Services. Their sincere appreciation is also extended to the staff of St. Vincent Hospital for their attentiveness, for assuring that John was comfortable, and assisting family with directives.