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Edward Armstrong

Edward (Ed) Raymond Armstrong, 77, went home to be with his Lord on March 21, 2014, in Las Cruces, N.M. Ed was born on Aug. 6, 1936, in Creighton, Pa., to parents Archie and Ethel Mae Irvine Armstrong. He married his wife, Barbara, on Dec. 18, 1984 in Andrews, Texas, and moved to Cloudcroft, N.M., in 2004. Ed served in the United States Air Force and graduated from the University of Texas Permian Basin in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He was a handwriting analyst, loved golfing and gold prospecting, and was a true mountain man, always helping others at every opportunity. Ed especially loved to spend time with and adored his granddaughter, Baili Jones. He was deeply concerned and involved in the preservation of the forest and the natural habitat. His "best friend" was his dog, Wolfie (deceased). He was with the Liquor Control, worked for the Texas Parks and Recreation Department, however, the job he most loved was working for NASA where he was responsible for locating and collecting space history for the Smithsonian Institution. He later served as the superintendent of maintenance for the Midland Mall when it was first built, a probation officer and, in retirement worked as an aide in the Andrews public school system, helping special needs children. Ed is survived by his wife of 29 years, Barbara; sons Timothy Armstrong of Graham, Texas, and Kevin Whelchel, fiancé Bonnie, and her daughter Allison Onate, and Cody Whelchel (Daniella), all of Cloudcroft; daughter Sheri Jones (Pamela Burnett) of Lubbock, Texas, and granddaughter, Baili Jones of Lubbock; his brothers, Ron Armstrong (Linda), Colorado, Doug Armstrong (Carolyn), of California, and Dick Armstrong (Ruby), of Washington; and his sisters, Arlene Sellers (John), of Atlanta, and Grace Zahradnik, of Pennsylvania. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Cloudcroft United Methodist Church in Cloudcroft to be officiated by the Rev. Eileen Utton. Memorial gifts may be made to Cloudcroft United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 229, Cloudcroft, NM 88317 or the Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave Las Cruces New Mexico 88001. To sign the local online guest book visitwww.GetzCares.com

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GETZ FUNERAL HOME - LAS CRUCES
1410 E. BOWMAN AVE.  LAS CRUCES, NM 88001
(575) 526-2419

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Mar. 26, 2014
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