Robert E. Armstrong, 96, of Holmes Beach, Fla., and formerly of DeGraff, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton, Fla.
He was born in Rosewood on June 4, 1918, to the late Clarence E. and Mary Christine Grove Armstrong.
On Oct. 6, 1945, he married the former Carolyn Melhorn and she preceded him in death March 11, 2009. He also was preceded in death by his sister, Capitola Armstrong.
He is survived by his two sons, Richard (Gloria) Armstrong of DeGraff and Jerry (Darlene) Armstrong of DeBary, Fla.; four grandchildren, Michelle (Patrick) Neer, David (Rebecca) Armstrong, Kisha Armstrong and Joe (Misty) Armstrong; six great-grandchildren, Ashley Armstrong, Matthew and Lydia Armstrong, and Rosie, Renee and Rachel Neer; two great-stepgrandchildren, Tré Burnside and Devin Stallings; a special nephew, Don (Anita) Melhorn; and special friends, Steve and Kathy Nogle.
A 1936 graduate of DeGraff High School, Robert taught the 1972-73 Riverside High School radio class. He also served as a Riverside Local School District board of education member for 12 years.
He and his wife then moved to Florida and operated Haley’s Motel until 1979. He formerly owned and operated the Armstrong & Kinnan Hardware Store and the Shopperette Newspaper, both in DeGraff. He had worked at the post office and was a Ham radio operator.
Robert greatly enjoyed spending time visiting with his friends and he was very well-known locally as an author and DeGraff historian.
A funeral is at 1 p.m. Monday, July 28, at the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 210 W. Hayes Street, DeGraff, where visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 27, with a Masonic service at 7:45 p.m. Burial is in Greenwood-Union Cemetery, DeGraff.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Grand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.