Lawrence Armstrong

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Former Juneau resident Lawrence T. Armstrong died July 15, 2008, at his home in Auburn, Wash. He was 85.

Born Aug. 6, 1922, in West Plains, Mo., he graduated from West Plains High School after serving his country during World War II, having joined the U.S. Navy as a teenager and serving in the Pacific.

He moved to Springfield, Mo., to attend vocational school. There he met Barbara Joyce Devore. On Nov. 1, 1958, he and Barbara married. In 1959, the couple moved to Alaska, where they lived for 35 years.

The couple started out in Ketchikan to fulfill a job at Elliott's Stationary, which later became Yukon Office Supply. In 1970, Larry transferred to Sitka as branch manager. In 1978, the family moved to Juneau. Larry retired from Yukon Office Supply in 1980. He owned and operated Armstrong King Island Fireplace until he retired. Upon retirement, he used his entrepreneurial spirit in other business ventures.

In 1994, Larry and Barbara retired to Nixa, Mo. He moved to Auburn after Barbara's death in 2004. His interests were hunting, fishing, boating and coaching his son's baseball teams and serving as a Boy Scout master of Troop No. 16 in Ketchikan.

He was active in the Baptist Church throughout his life, serving as an usher, church deacon, Sunday school teacher and as an active member of the Southern Baptist Convention in Southeast Alaska. In later years, he joined South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield.

He loved to have coffee with his friends, play checkers, work at puzzles, model airplanes and cars and always enjoyed cooking.

He was a life member of the Scottish Rite of Free Masons to the 32nd degree. He was a Master Mason of Lodge 159 F&AM and Lodge 19 in Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Joyce Armstrong; and brothers, Clayton and Richard Armstrong, of West Plains, Mo.

He is survived by his sister, Marjorie Reames, of Springfield; daughter, Suzan Silva and her husband, Jim, of Anchorage; sons, John Armstrong, of Juneau, and Larry Armstrong and his wife, Sheri, of Auburn; and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash. A reception will follow.

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