Harry L. Armstrong

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ARMSTRONG Harry L. Armstrong, 95, of Logan passed away, April 28, 2011, at Hocking Valley Community Hospital in Logan, Ohio. He was born October 15, 1915 in Hocking County to Leo and Nellie Armstrong. He graduated from Ilesboro High School. Harry started his career as a fruit picker, stable boy, weed cutter and farm hand. He owned and operated a farm in Starr and Washington Townships for many years; drove a school bus; was a Moorman Feed Distributor; was a Starr Township Trustee for six years; Hocking County Commissioner for eight years; insurance representative; Oil Well Pumper; State Representative for four years; State Senator for eight years; Real Estate Broker; Legislative Consultant Community Bankers Association; Chief Ohio Division of Oil and Gas; Corporate Consultant for Gas Exploration and Usage; former president of Clover Enterprises- Real Estate Investments; former Secretary-Treasurer of Madco Energy Corporation. Some of Harry's appointments and accomplishments were being a former Secretary-Treasurer of Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation; Congressional Spokesman for Southeastern Region of Ohio Farm Bureau; Chairman of Agriculture and Environment Committee, Midwest Conference of Council of State Governments; member of Ohio Commission on Aging; member of State employees Compensation Board; member Public Improvements Inspection Board; Supervisor of Hocking County Soil and Water Conservation District; helped form the Upper Hocking Watershed Project and establish the Rush Creek Watershed Project. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Logan. Throughout his years he belonged to Logan Kiwanis Club: Grange; Ohio Farm Bureau; Izaak Walton League; Fish and Game Association; Hocking County TB Association; Logan Trade Club; Elks; Eagles; and the Moose. Harry was the first recipient of the Conservation Farmer of the Year Award; first Freshman Legislator to be appointed Chairman of a study Committee in the House of Representatives; recipient of the first award ever presented to a Legislator by the Recreation and Resources Committee; first Legislator to receive the Legislative Conservation Award presented by the League of Ohio Sportsmen and the National Wildlife Federation, received this award a second time; Honorary life member of the Civil Air Patrol; placed in the Ohio Conservation Hall of Fame; received Individual in Government Conservation Award by the Ohio forestry Association; named Legislator of the year by Soil and Water Conservation Society of America; listed in Who's Who in Government; listed in Who's Who in Ohio; listed in Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans. As a fellow legislator put it "Harry had the qualities of a good Legislator, he was friendly, humble, and put on no "High and Mighty" airs, and listened to the people he served." He is survived by his daughters, Marvelea Cummins of Reynoldsburg, Karen Dollison of Logan with whom he made his home, Maureen Arnett of Pickerington, and Diane (Charles) Alexander of Irving, TX; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren. Harry was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 64 years Madaline J. Armstrong who passed away in 2001, brother Marion Armstrong, sister Anna May Armstrong, son-in-law Kenneth Dollison. Services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, at HEINLEIN-BROWN FUNERAL in Logan with Lawrence Myers officiating. Burial will be in Armstrong Cemetery. Calling Hours will be 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Letters of condolence may be sent to this family at the website http://brownfuneralservice.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 1, 2011