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Thomas Jack Armstrong Jr.

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Thomas Jack Armstrong Jr. Obituary
Thomas Jack Armstrong, Jr. Thomas Jack Armstrong, Jr., 86, finally met something he couldn't fix and passed away from heart failure on Saturday, August 4, 2018 in Sherman, Texas. Born on May 29, 1932 in Independence, Missouri to his parents, Thomas Jack and Cuba Armstrong, Jack and his brothers, Gerry and Jim, learned the art of working on cars from their father. This ability to fix things grew to include carpentry, plumbing, wiring and much more all skills Jack used throughout his life while married to his wife of 64 years, Ramona Laquet Armstrong, who patiently endured and was proud of his projects. Jack and Ramona attended Shawnee Mission (North) High School together and graduated in 1950. He went on to attend Baker University in Baldwin City, KS but was interrupted by a stint in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He returned to graduate in 1956 with a B.S. in Business. While at Baker, Jack participated and lettered in four sports: football, basketball, baseball and track. He was awarded the Athletic Scholarship Trophy from his Zeta Chi fraternity three years in a row, which had only been done once before. He proudly accepted the induction into Baker's Athletic Hall of Fame. Graduation from Baker was followed by an MBA degree from Indiana University in 1957. Jack worked for Colgate-Palmolive in New York, and then returned to Kansas City where he worked several years at Hallmark Cards as a project manager. He worked as sales manager for both Cook Paint Co. and Davis Paint and then moved to Wichita as the business manager for Spray Equipment & Service Center, Inc. where he retired. Jack and Ramona then moved to Osage Beach at Lake of the Ozarks where Jack began to build and fix things again. His garage full of tools and supplies were always available for the use of his beloved neighbors, as was his expertise and assistance. Jack volunteered for the homeowners' group in many capacities for the entire time he lived there, until moving to Bonham, Texas to be closer to his children and grandchildren. Jack is already missed and survived by his devoted wife, Ramona; his daughter, Dana and her husband, Tom Gaedtke; his son, David; and his son-in-law, Bob Berryhill; his brothers and their wives Gerry and Peggy, Jim and Penny, 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren whom he treasured. He was pre-deceased by his daughter Susan Berryhill. He is also survived by his well-loved garage full of stuff. Jack generously donated his body to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas where it will be used to help train future physicians or for medical research. There are no immediate plans for a memorial service since he just recently moved to Texas. His family would be honored if anyone would like to remember him with a prayer or a donation to Baker University in his name. This can be done at their website https://www.bakeru.edu/foreverorange/give-now/.
Published in Kansas City Star on Aug. 12, 2018
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