|Joseph R. “Joe” Armstrong, 93, of Riverton passed away September 9, 2012 at his home in Riverton.
Graveside services with military honors will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Mountain View Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at the VFW Club in Riverton.
Joseph Robert Armstrong was the 4th of eleven children born August 22, 1919, on a farm 12 miles north of Fort Collins, Colo., near Wellington to Elwyn David and Ruth (Rotscheck) Armstrong.
He married Margaret Ashburn and to this union three children were born. After moving to Walden and Gould, Colo. he worked in the timber industry until he started in the construction business operating heavy equipment.
In 1944 he joined the Navy and traveled both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, going through the Panama Canal three times in six months aboard the destroyer USS Barney and later aboard the cargo carrier USS Dade. At the time of discharge in 1946, he was in Charleston, S. Carolina, putting the USS Saufley in mothballs.
After moving to Riverton in 1974, he worked for C & H Construction, and later owned and operated his own crane business.
In 1989 he married Joan (Kelsey) Noah. Together they enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing. He was an avid bowler and gardener. He was a lifetime member of the VFW.
He is survived by his wife Joan, sons, Les Armstrong and friend Janiece Robinson of Riverton and Lenny Armstrong and wife Jeannie Rae of Richmond, VA; daughter, Ruth Williams and husband Roger of Nampa, ID; daughter, Lisa Vincent of Riverton; grandchildren, Pam Hatfield and husband Mike, Buddy Armstrong and wife Nicki, Polly Hilgers and husband Rod, Kelly Armstrong, Kasey Armstrong, Deanna Williams, Brianne Williams, Jeremy Vincent, T.J. Paulsen, and Kelcie Caswell; 12 great grandchildren; five great, great grandchildren; brothers, Blake Armstrong, of Fortuna, CA, Gene Armstrong and wife Gwen, of Sebastopol, CA, Homer Armstrong and wife Darlene of Lacey, WA, John Armstrong and wife Diane of Graham, WA; and sister Notah Hays of Tacoma, WA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret; daughter-in-law, Pat Armstrong; son, Josh Noah, grandson, Douglas Cornell and five siblings.
Memorials may be made to the Amedisys Hospice in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.
On-line condolences for the family may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com.
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.