Robert Allan Armstrong

Born: Thu., May 23, 1957
Died: Sun., Feb. 2, 2020


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 08, 2020
Location: Wesley United Methodist Church

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sat., Feb. 08, 2020
Location: Wesley United Methodist Church

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Robert Allan Armstrong, 62, of Union City, Ohio passed away unexpectedly Sunday, February 2, at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Indiana.

Bob was born May 23, 1957 to Robert and Margaret Armstrong in Toledo, Ohio, and graduated from Northwood High School in Northwood, Ohio. He worked as a salesman, laborer, manager, a rep for NFIB, and also managed a franchise of Gold Star Chili in Eaton, Ohio. Ultimately, Bob only accepted jobs that allowed him to be home for supper with his wife and children. He enjoyed every opportunity to preach and teach the Word of God (for a short while he worked at Precision Concrete, where he was affectionately known as “Preach”). He would say serving as an interim pastor was his life’s most important work. For the past several years, Bob attended Day Star Church in Union City, Indiana.

Bob was a devoted husband and father.  He met his wife Kathy, whom he called “the love of his life” while attending Bowling Green State University.  The two recently celebrated their fortieth anniversary. As a book lover, Bob valued the time he spent reading aloud to his only daughter, Crystal, who teasingly called him, “Bob-Robert.” As an avid sports fan, he took pleasure in coaching Sam and Steve’s baseball teams (his sons appropriately called him “Coach”).

Along with his loving wife, Kathy (Ripp) Armstrong, Bob is survived by his daughter Crystal Lea (Michelle), Sebastian, Florida; sons Samuel, Cincinnati, and Steve (Logan), Indianapolis; his parents, Bob and Margie; sister Karen Heilman, Columbus; brother Chris (Cheryl), Tiffin; grandchildren Kassie, Austin, Billy, and Hayden; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1-3 pm at Wesley United Methodist Church in Union City, IN on Saturday, Feb. 8. The service remembering Bob begins at 3. Pastors Aaron Stiner and Nick Philiposian, officiating.

Because of Bob’s investment in young people, contributions may be made in his honor to: Youth for Christ of the Miami Valley, P.O. Box 266, 7603 Greenville-Celina Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

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Lisa Brooks
   Posted Wed February 05, 2020
Kathy and Family: So sorry to hear about Bob. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Lisa and Roger Brooks

Tim Aukerman
   Posted Wed February 05, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences to Kathy and family for the loss of Bob. I knew Bob from our college fraternity but had lost touch with him for the last several years. The last time we visited he was devoted to his pastoral work and raising his family. From his obituary it is obvious that he was very successful at both. May you rest in eternal peace my old friend.

Michael Melnyk
   Posted Wed February 05, 2020
My sympathies to the entire Armstrong family. He's in God's hands now. Rest in peace Bob.

Lee S. Armstrong
   Posted Wed February 05, 2020
Deepest sympathy on the loss of Cousin Bob. He will be missed by all that had the privilege of meeting him.

Daniel and Tammi Armstrong
   Posted Wed February 05, 2020
Dear Armstrong Family,

We are shocked and saddened by the news of Bob's passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you across the miles from California.

Daniel and Tammi Armstrong and our children, Zach, Dani, Jessi

Ida Hall
   Posted Wed February 05, 2020
My heart breaks for you, Kathy and your children. Bob was always happy and I really liked working with him and getting to know him. He always talked so fondly of you and the kids. He will be greatly missed. You have my deepest condolences. Prayers for your family.

Terrie Jensen
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
Chris, Cheryl & Family:

I am deeply sorry for your loss. If your dad was anything like you Chris, he was a very special person. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Thinking of you during these times.

Jane Weitzel
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Bob at Fort Recovery Industries. He was such a nice man. Always happy to help any one. Always very kind. Again so sorry!

Jerri and Harold Libert
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Kathy and family. May the Lord strengthen, comfort, and guide you through the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. Bob was a joy to know during the time we both spent in Steve & Sharon's church, Fort Recovery.

Bill Posey
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
The Armstrong family my heart felt condolences. I have have fond memories of the school years spent with Bob.

Robert Perry (First Financial Bank)
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
We are all so deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was always a light when we saw him and he made sure he acknowledged all of the employees when he stopped in. I could count on him to take a bag of popcorn every Friday! When I saw him in public he would remember the last conversations we had and ask questions about my family or even our dog.

Gary R Molnar
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020

Spring's Bounty Basket was sent by Gary, Pat .

So sorry for your loss. We will be praying for all of you through this difficult time. Love, Gary, Pat & Jon Molnar San Diego, CA

Teresa S White
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
Kathy I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. Bob was an amazing person and friend.You and your family are in my prayers.

Ed Goldney
   Posted Sat February 08, 2020
Bob was an old friend from our fraternity days and into the 80's and regrettably we lost touch.
Man we had a lot of good times and good laughs but my favorite memory is when Bob called me in the mid 80's because he had heard that I had become a Christian. Wow, what a joyous moment to hear that he was also a brother in Christ!
God bless you old pal and our sincere condolences to you Kathy, the kids and grandchildren on Bob's sudden passing. You're in our prayers and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7
With love, Ed and Cindy

Rob Pettrey
   Posted Sun February 09, 2020
I have always had a special connection to Bob: in the middle of first grade, Bob and I were both promoted to second grade together, and were always the two youngest in our class. We were in many of the same college prep classes together, and played baseball and basketball together; he was a good shot and a pretty good catcher.

We did not stay in contact over the years, but I am very encouraged that he considered his most important work was to preach and teach the word of God, a fellow believer in Jesus! So for me, I can say: Bob, I'll see you later! I'm sure he will be dreadfully missed, and all so suddenly, but oh! what a glorious reunion!

Margaret Seger
   Posted Sun February 09, 2020
So sorry for your loss! I got to know Bob at Cal Maine Foods! He was really fun to work with! He always was talking about Kathy and the kids! I have your meatloaf recipe Kathy! He taught me so much about being a Christian and to be Christ like.

Kathy n John Salley
   Posted Mon February 10, 2020
Kathy,. Sending our deepest sympathy. Prayers and love to all!!

Wayne Nault
   Posted Sun February 16, 2020
I’m sorry for the late message. Just learned the news today. Rob and I were classmates and played sports together. (He was better than me....) I have always had nothing but good memories and in reading about his life, he had a full, good journey. I know that he will be sorely missed by his family, but cherish his memory and example.

Well done Rob.

Julie Pheanis
   Posted Mon April 13, 2020
Kathy, so so sorry about Bobs passing. I do know exactly how you feel. Lost a husband 12 years ago, it tore my World apart. God gave me strength to go on. He will for you. Bob was a good Christian Man so he is with the Lord. One day you will meet him again.

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