Erwin "Butch" "Frogy" Lee Armstrong, 68, of Amherst, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Bradley Bay Health Center in Bay Village following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 5, 1944, in Amherst. Erwin was raised in Amherst and lived primarily in the Lorain County area before moving back to Amherst in 1999.
Erwin was employed as an assembler at Avon Lake Ford Truck Plant for 17 years before retiring in 1990. He was also employed as a DJ for WOBL and then at WOBC hosting a bluegrass music hour. Erwin served as an announcer and sound technician for different bluegrass events around Lorain County. His hobbies included playing guitar and traveling in his RV. Erwin was a CB radio enthusiast and loved collecting old records.
Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Virginia Armstrong; son, Keith Armstrong of Wellington; daughters Ernestine "Tina" Fehnor of Florence, S.C., Terri Brown of Hampton, Ga., and Clare McCall of Avon Lake; stepson, James Rider of Elyria; stepdaughters Telitha Lang of Hampton, Ga., Deloris Stevens of Cleveland, Valeria Cogdill of Hampton, Ga., and Mary Bryan of Elyria; 22 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Meyers of Vermilion.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 23 years, Vada Armstrong in 1994; infant son, Erwin Armstrong in 1968; stepsons Raymond and Samuel Rider; brother, Leo, and sister, Ruth; and by his parents, Leo and Gladys Armstrong (nee McKinney).
Services were held Saturday, Dec. 29 at Hempel Funeral Home in Amherst with the Rev. James Justics of Firelands Community Church officiating.
Burial was at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Cleveland Clinic Hospice, 6801 Brecksville Rd., Suite 10, Independence, OH 44131.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
Hempel Funeral Home - Amherst
373 Cleveland Avenue
Amherst, OH 44001
Published in The Amherst News-Times on Jan. 3, 2013