Merriam Webster defines a ‘selfless’ person as, having or showing great concern for other people and little concern for oneself. When one thinks of Jack Armstrong, they usually think of how noble he was in all of the many roles he held, such as a father, husband, worker, teacher, church member, mentor, and role model. In each and every one of these roles he was generous and tireless, showing each and every one of us his mettle, vigor and strength of his name, Armstrong. Jack did these things with a loving heart and a kind word to all who met him. He was a devoted husband to Betty and a devoted worker to his job for over 35 years. His most selfless time was shown after he retired when he was able to give even more of himself to his greatest treasures, his children and his grandchildren, and to them he will be greatly missed, deeply remembered, and never forgotten in their hearts and minds.
Jack Hulon Armstrong, beloved Husband, Father, and Paw Paw passed away at the age of 83, on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at UTMB Hospital in Galveston. Jack was born in Cooper, TX on August 1, 1932. He graduated from Cooper High School in 1949, and then served in the Army stationed in El Paso, TX. After the Army he attended East Texas State University in Commerce, TX, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Math. He then took his talents and knowledge to Lamar Tech University in Beaumont and graduated with a Civil Engineering Degree. Jack then went on to work for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston where he enjoyed a 35-year career as Chief of the Design Branch until he retired in the summer of 1990.
In July of 1960, Jack married the love of his life, Betty Ann LaFleur and together they moved to Galveston where he has resided until his passing. They had four children between 1961 and 1967. Jack was a member of St. Peter’s Parish and the Knights of Columbus, and his hobbies included woodworking, bird hunting, golf, and spending time with his family.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. James Edward Armstrong and Virginia Jenkins Jones, his wife, Betty Armstrong, son, Daniel Armstrong, his Aunt Odessa Smith, and Aunt Helen Chestnut, and Uncle Walter Jenkins, Jr. He is survived by son Steve Armstrong of Galveston, daughter Stacy Armstrong of Galveston and her three children, Jack Walsh, Margaret Walsh, and Daniel Walsh, and son Robert “Bob” Armstrong, his wife Lisa Armstrong of Coppell, Texas, and their three children, David Forcey Jr., Mackenzie Armstrong, and Luke Armstrong, and cousin Gloria Matthews of Cooper, TX.
Jack ‘Paw paw’ Armstrong left his children and grandchildren with many fond memories, life lessons, and a legacy that will be carried on for many generations to come. Integrity, honesty, loyalty, wisdom, fortitude and perseverance are what made Jack stand out in a crowd, and he illustrated these characteristics in his everyday life and has instilled them in each of his kids and grandkids.
The visitation will be on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at J Levy & Termini Funeral Home, 2128 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550, from 5PM – 7 PM, with a Rosary at 6:30 PM., with Deacon Sam Dell’Olio officiating. There will be a funeral mass at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1010 35th Street, Galveston, at 10 AM, Monday September 21, 2015, with Father E.J. Stein officiating. The burial services will be immediately following at Calvary Cemetery, 2506 65th Street, Galveston.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice, in honor of Jack’s giving spirit.