Robert Armstrong

Obituary of Robert Kenneth Armstrong

Robert Kenneth "Bob" Armstrong, 81, of the Perry Mills Road, Champlain, died Sunday, February 21, 2021 at his home, under the loving care of his family and Hospice of the North Country. He was born in Plattsburgh, May 8, 1939, the son of Thurman and Laura (Dubuque) Armstrong. Bob was raised in Champlain, working on the family dairy farm. He left farming to begin a lifelong career as an entrepreneur in various industries, including, owner/operator of Armstrong's Garage in Champlain for 36 years, Ducky's Snack Bar & Mini-Putt in Champlain, the Mechanic's Inn in Champlain for 3 years, and the Cattle Barn Pub & Grill in Chazy from 2012 up until his passing. He additionally managed the VFW Post 1418 in Champlain for 10 years. Whether a hobby or a business, Bob was never afraid to tackle a new challenge and try something new. Early on he tried hunting, and additionally enjoyed weekly bowling and dancing. He especially enjoyed the times he spent playing pool and playing his wooden spoons. He did take time for leisure activities and enjoyed visiting casinos. Vegas was his favorite! He learned to work with his hands and built his own home, re-built the family farm after a fire, and later helped his son build his home. Bob's greatest passion was working outdoors. For the previous three decades he has meticulously cleared a small forest and surrounded himself with the beauty of his work from landscaping that included stone walls, bridges, flora, and fauna. A team of ducks wandering around the "Island" as it became known, only added to the charm. He enjoyed sharing his beautiful property by hosting annual parties for people with disabilities and their families. He will be missed by family and friends, and remembered for his hard work and generosity. Left to cherish the memory of Bob, are, his loving wife of 23 years, Penny (Ashline) Armstrong, whom he married July 26, 1997 in Champlain; four children and their spouses, Michael Armstrong of Champlain, John Armstrong (Linda) of Kansas, Rose Paola (Lawrence) of Plattsburgh, and Jim Armstrong (Lynn) of Champlain; eight grandchildren, Shawna Armstrong, Megan Bourgeois Armstrong, Joshua Pearo, Zach Pearo (Ellen), Brendan Ryan (Jenissa), Corey Ryan, Ryan Armstrong (Stacey), and Rob Armstrong (Alyssa); five great-grandchildren, Ricky, Graham, Seraphina, Hunter, and Xander; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Leonard Armstrong (Donna) of Champlain, and Thurman Armstrong, Jr. (Linda) of Champlain; Penny's siblings, Kay Jeffries and Jim LaValley, Elizabeth and Donnie Hicks, Nancy Daniels, and Dale Ashline; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by four brothers, Russell, James, Roy, and Gerald Armstrong; mother-in-law, Thelma (Bulriss) Garber; father-in-law, Roy Ashline; and two sisters-in-law, Crystal Ashline and Sue Duquette. A celebration of Bob's life will be held Monday, March 8, 2021 from 4 to 8 PM at the Cattle Barn Pub & Grill, 9658 Route 9 in Chazy. Face coverings and social distancing will be required. Those attending are welcome to bring a photo(s) and/or a favorite snack to share. Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of the North Country. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 793 Gilbert Road, Mooers, 236-4747.
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