Raymond Armstrong Edward (Ed) Raymond Armstrong, 77 went home to be with his Lord on March 21, 2014 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Ed was born on August 6, 1936 in Creighton, Pennsylvania to parents Archie and Ethel Mae Irvine Armstrong. He married his wife, Barbara on December 18, 1984 in Andrews, Texas and moved to Cloudcroft, New Mexico in 2004. Ed served in the United States Air Force and graduated from the University of Texas Permian Basin in 1983 with a BA 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 Institute. 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 aid 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, Kevin Whelchel, fiancé Bonnie and her daughter Allison Onate, Cloudcroft, and Cody Whelchel (Daniella), Cloudcroft; daughter, Sheri Jones(Pamela Burnett) Lubbock; and granddaughter, Baili Jones, Lubbock; his brothers, Ron Armstrong (Linda), Colorado, Doug Armstrong (Carolyn), California, and Dick Armstrong (Ruby), Washington; and his sisters, Arlene Sellers (John), Atlanta, and Grace Zahradnik, Pennsylvania. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cloudcroft United Methodist Church in Cloudcroft, New Mexico to be officiated by Rev. Eileen Utton. Memorial gifts may be made to Cloudcroft United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 229, Cloudcroft, New Mexico 88317 or the Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit www.GetzCares.com.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Mar. 26, 2014