Philip M. Armstrong
1943 - 2018
{ "" }
Share Philip's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Philip M. Armstrong

Staunton - It is with great sadness that the family of Philip M. Armstrong (Phil) announces his sudden passing on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at the

age of 75 years. Phil is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Deirdre

(nee Flanagan), his daughter Dana Lord, and siblings Daniel Armstrong

and Anne Flade. He is preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Anne Armstrong. Phil will be missed and lovingly remembered by his large extended family.

After serving in the U.S. Army for four years, in 1967 Phil began a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), first at the National Photographic Interpretations Center (NPIC), then at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He began his tenure at DIA with the Joint Staff, J2 in the Pentagon. There he was assigned to the North Korea Branch and manned the Asia Pacific Desk in the National Joint Military Intelligence Center (NJMIC). While with J-2, Phil developed expertise in Indications & Warning (I&W) processes, techniques and methodologies and shared this knowledge with analyst at the U.S. Combatant Commands and with our foreign counterparts. Before retiring in 1997 Phil served at the Defense Intelligence Analysis Center (DIAC) - now known as DIA Headquarters - located on the Joint Base Anacostia - Bolling in Washington, D.C.

Once retired, Phil found joy in fishing and creating a small farm in Staunton with his wife, which supplies specialty herbs and vegetables for area chefs.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in memory of Phil on Thursday, March 8, at 10:00am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 118 North New Street, Staunton, VA 24401.

In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make memorial donations in Phil's name to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton is in charge of his arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The News Leader from Mar. 3 to Mar. 6, 2018.
Mass of Christian Burial
10:00 AM
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by Coffman Funeral Home & Crematory Llc
Not sure what to say?
1 entry
March 8, 2018
Phil will be missed by all who knew him. He had a great smile and gentle demeanor! May he rest in peace.
Marge Shouldis
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences