On March 23, 1928, God created D. Jack Armstrong. On March 20, 2022, just shy of his 94th birthday, God called him home. Jack died as he lived; with dignity, integrity, honesty, humor, and resolution.
Jack was born to Wayne and Doris Armstrong and grew up in the Sylvania area with his brother and sister. Jack's working life started at an early age. At 13 Jack started working part-time on a farm and also as a lifeguard. After graduating from the former Burnham High School he enlisted in the navy and served two years from 1946 to 1948. After his honorable discharge he worked for a time as a Yard Foreman at Hixon-Peterson Lumber Company, then at RCA as a service technician and then as a superintendent for Szabo Builders. In 1955 Jack went to work for First Federal Savings and Loan Association and worked his way up through the company eventually becoming First Vice President.
Over his career Jack served on the Board of Directors for the Credit Association of NW Ohio, the Home Builders Association of Toledo, and the Home-owners Warranty Corporation. He served on the Whiteford Township Board of Review, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and as a Township Trustee. He also served on the school advisory boards of Whiteford High School and for Sylvania Vocational Education.
In 1950 Jack met the love of his life, Nancy Huepenbecker. Jack and Nancy were married in 1951 and were happily married just over 70 years. Together they welcomed and raised nine children. Jack planned and helped build the family home in Ottawa Lake where he was able to stay until just a few days before his death.
After retiring from First Federal in 1984, Jack was able to pursue many of his favorite pastimes. He got his pilot's license and he loved to golf, fish, and paint. He liked to play cards and shoot pool with the guys at the Sylvania Senior Center. He and his wife traveled back and forth a few times a year to Tennessee to visit with friends. Jack was an avid reader and loved to do crossword puzzles. Up until a year before his death Jack was still riding his lawn tractor and taking care of his beloved home.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wayne, his daughter Mary Oberle, son-in-law Walt Liska, and granddaughter Catherine “Caty” Armstrong. Left to treasure his memory are his wife Nancy, children Karen (Rick) Bischoff, Tom (Marianne) Armstrong, Diane Armstrong, Ann Liska, Joyce (Hal) Hamer, Susan (Russ) Malnar, Janet (Scott) Stone, Sharon (Denny) Schaffer, son-in-law Dave Oberle, and his sister Janet Bowersox, as well as 20 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Thursday, March 24th from 11am to 1pm with services immediately after at Reeb Funeral Home. Burial will be private.
The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Monroe, especially Aurora, Nicole, and Kristy, as well as the staff of Ebeid Hospice for their exceptional care and additionally, Heidi Zilba for her kindness and help.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Ebeid Hospice Residence or Hospice of Monroe.
Jack's family takes comfort in knowing that his long, difficult illness is over and that he will be playing golf in heaven on his 94th birthday.
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