Woodward, Okla. — Russel Armstrong, 99 year old Woodward resident, died Monday, April 23, 2012 in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2012 at the First Assembly of God Church with Reverend Ted Barker and Reverend Donnetta Hunter officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Frank Russel Armstrong was born February 23, 1913 on the family farm near Laverne, OK. He passed on to be with the Lord on April 23, 2012 at his longtime residence in Woodward, OK. Russel, as he was affectionately known, was the son of Frank Leslie & Lydia Alice (Robinett) Armstrong. He was united in marriage to Grace Alma Maddux on July 6, 1936 in Tulsa, OK and to this union, four children were born: Max Merlin, Ruth Ann, Larry Gene, and Reata Jo. After the loss of his first wife to cancer on May 23, 1968, he remained a single parent until he married Joy Isabelle Lile Trammel on February 21, 1976 in Woodward, OK.
Russel attended school at Mount Pleasant in Laverne, OK through the 8th grade before he quit to work on local farms to help support the family. He attended Apostolic Faith Church on special occasions with Grace and the children. He was also later employed building roads, at the USDA Forestry Service, and as a mechanic until his retirement in 1978. He then helped his daughter, Ruth Ann and her children sack ice for 29 years. Russel loved spending time with his family and every one of his grandchildren.
Russel loved to work in the garden and raised his own fruits and vegetables until he was 95 years old. He enjoyed supplying everyone each year with all the produce that he had grown. Russel treasured being able to spend quality time with his brother, Cecil, as they built furniture for many of the grandchildren. They also helped remodel several of the grandchildren and nephew’s homes until Cecil’s death in 2003. He looked forward to hosting the annual Thanksgiving dinner in his garage each year, which he took great pride in decorating to look like a room in his home.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Grace; his son Max Merlin; two granddaughters, Diane & Doreen Armstrong; his parents, Frank & Alice; four brothers: Cecil, Lee & Bob Armstrong and Fay Landon; two sisters, Irene Vassar and Iris Scruggs; and one stepdaughter Cheryl Freeman. He is survived by his spouse, Joy, of the home; his two daughters, Ruth Ann Briggs and husband Eddie, Reata Jo Merkley and husband Bob; one son Larry Armstrong; two daughter-in-laws, Mickey Armstrong and Delores Armstrong; and one stepdaughter Rickie Greenwood and husband Gary. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 22 great-great grandchildren, along with numerous nephews & nieces.
Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
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