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Col. Robert Clark "Bob" Armstrong
Mar 19, 1937 - Mar 24, 2013
Posted by: Jo Aguirre


Graveside services with full military honors for Colonel Robert Clark Armstrong, 76, of Norman, will begin at 2:00 pm Friday, March 29, 2013 at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 2301 East Indian Hills Road in Norman with Reverend Bruce Ingram officiating.

The Armstrong family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook Street in Norman.

Robert was born March 19, 1937 in Jacksonville, Texas the son of Robert Curtis and Cleonna Christine (Smith) Armstrong. He passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2013 in Norman, Oklahoma.

While attending Oklahoma State University in 1957, after graduating from Duncan High School, Robert enlisted in the 120th Combat Engineers, 45th Infantry Division of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He married the love of his life, Miss Nancy Jane Petrie on June 21, 1958 in Duncan, Oklahoma.

Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1962, Robert received both his fixed and rotary wings at Ft. Rucker, Alabama in the mid-1960s. A soldier, aviator, and leader, Robert was employed by the Oklahoma Army National Guard, serving in units located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Okmulgee. He was commander of the unit in Norman, Oklahoma in the 1970s and served as Chief of Staff Army National Guard before becoming United States Property and Fiscal Officer (USPFO) before retiring in 1997.

His love of the Guard has a legacy at the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City, where he was influential in obtaining a number of their impressive static displays of period military equipment.

Robert received both his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science from Oklahoma State University while living in Norman. He very much enjoyed the Bedlam game in 2011.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 55 years, Nancy Armstrong of Norman; two sons, Richard Keith Armstrong, and his wife, Mary-Margaret, of Kansas City, Missouri and David Kelly Armstrong, and his girlfriend, Lisa Northcott of Norman; four grandchildren, Daniel Robert Armstrong of Norman, Bradford Shaw Armstrong, of Los Angeles, California, Megan Elizabeth Armstrong of Kansas City, Missouri, and Sarah Michelle Armstrong of Kansas City, Missouri; three great grandchildren, Chloe’ Bella Marie Armstrong of Oklahoma City, Audrey Cleonna Armstrong of Kansas City, Missouri, and Tavin Emmitt Lewis, of Kansas City, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Colonel Robert Clark Armstrong to the Bella Foundation, PO Box 20035, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73156.

Arrangements for Colonel Armstrong and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be shared at www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com

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