John E. Armstrong, 81, owned Edward Armstrong & Sons, jokester, collected Hess trucks

By on October 29, 2014

John E. Armstrong, 81, of Lititz, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at Landis Homes.

Born in Lancaster, he was the husband of E. June (Witwer) Armstrong of Lititz, and the son of the late Edward and Betty (Brubaker) Armstrong.

He was a compassionate, devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed life with his family. Known as a jokester, his tremendous sense of humor and bright smile will be missed by those whose lives he touched.

John was the owner and president of Edward Armstrong & Sons, Inc. for many years until his retirement. He was known for his hard work and his fairness and dedication to his employees, and he was known by his peers as a man of integrity.

He enjoyed traveling, camping with the “camping gang,” spending winters in Florida with his wife, and collecting antique model cars and Hess trucks.

John was a faithful member, board member, and one of the original founders of New Life Church, Lancaster, which got its beginnings in the basement of the Armstrong home. He was an integral part of the building committee.

John was a US Army veteran, having been stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by two daughters: Nadine McDaniel and her husband Russell of Lancaster; and Darlene Stauffer of Elizabethtown; five grandchildren: Seranda Buckwalter and her husband Mark, Ashley Herr and her husband Lloyd, Travis McDaniel and his wife Ashley, Joseph Stauffer and his wife Andrea, and Adam Stauffer and his partner Eve Martin; three great-grandchildren: Judah Ben and Corban Matthew Herr and Liberty Faith Buckwalter; two brothers: Joe and Richard Armstrong; and two sisters: Anna Mary Paglia and Arla Mae Arter.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Art and Paul David Armstrong.

A Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 at New Life Church, 1991 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster with Pastor Moses Baker officiating and Pastors DJ Paglia, Richard Armstrong, and Chris Foster assisting. Burial with full military honors will follow in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at the church, and again one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Memorial contributions in John’s memory may be made to the church building fund at the address above, or to Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road., Lititz, PA 17543.

To place a condolence online, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lancaster, handled the arrangements.

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