Jerry Armstrong passed away March 28,2019. He fought a four year battle with cancer and is now at peace. He was born June 15, 1950 in Wauseon, Ohio to Earl and Evelyn Armstrong, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Helen Armstrong, whom he loved with all his heart; his three children, Matt Armstrong (his wife Candie), Lori Wiedenhoeft (her husband Jody), and Mandy Shepherd (her significant other Austin Cartwright); his brother Lynn Armstrong and his brother and best friend, Lyle Armstrong (his wife Jayne); and five grandchildren, Cassidy and Trevor Wiedenhoeft, Grace, Cadie and Megan Armstrong.
Jerry and Helen were married Valentine’s Day 1978. They spent most of their years in Waterloo, Indiana where he worked for Charleston Metal Products for forty years. He retired in 2009 and they moved to Tri Par Estates in Sarasota, Florida. He began working part-time for The Ringling. He so enjoyed and loved his job there and shared his enthusiasm and knowledge of The Ringling with all whom he spoke. He had such love for all he worked with and enjoyed every moment spent at The Ringling. He also enjoyed watching the IU basketball games, Colts fan, loved Donuts, golfing, morel mushroom hunting, and watching the sunset at the beaches. Jerry and Helen loved to travel together to many different states- Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada and more. They also loved taking cruises to tropic destinations. Jerry and Helen loved taking their beloved Lhasa Apso, Holly, for walks at her favorite park. He loved giving her treats while Helen wasn’t looking. Jerry and Helen also had an African Grey parrot, Lion, (for over 40 years) which they taught over 300 words and songs.
Jerry had such devotion to family. After his father passed away from heart disease, his mother was diagnosed with ALS. He spent almost everyday caring for her until her passing. When Helen’s mom, Norma LaRowe, suffered a stroke they moved her to Sarasota (2010) so that they could care for her everyday until her passing on Christmas 2017.
Jerry had a presence that was kind, strong and warming. He had a great sense of humor and could bring a smile to anyone. He was able to inspire others to never give up and continue to fight whatever comes their way. He was a unique man, a loving husband, father, grandpa, brother, and friend. He will be loved, missed, and forever in our hearts.
A service will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Tri-Par Estates clubhouse at 1616 Presidio Street, Sarasota, Florida 34234 from 5:30-7:00 PM.
Additional service to be held in Indiana (date and location to be determined).