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James Henry Armstrong, Jr.

May 8, 1940 ~ October 7, 2021 (age 81)


James Henry Armstrong, Jr., died peacefully at this home with his loving family by his side on October 7, 2021.

He was a quiet man who believed that you make the world better one small act at a time. His acts of kindness never changed the world on a grand stage, but his small good deeds made a world of difference for those who knew him. He was never one to promote himself, share his achievements, or to announce his acts of love. He was always first in line to help the neighbor who needed assistance after surgery, to privately help local food pantries when they were low, and he would quietly send an envelope of help to someone he heard of who was on hard times. By grace he was there the night he saved two women from drowning in Lake Erie when a storm quickly rolled in, and again when two men overturned their kayak in frigid waters on New Year’s Day in the Maumee River. Though you’d never know this as he never spoke of those events. To him it was just another chance to help. He was a private man whose world revolved around his family, and who strove to make his little corner of the world better one act of kindness at a time. Even though he was a quiet man, his heart spoke loudly to all who knew him.

Jim was born May 8, 1940, to parents James and Edith (Lenz) Armstrong. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, and his beloved wife, Rosa (Smucker). He leaves many wonderful memories to his children, Trevor, Justin (Jaclyn), and Julieanna; and his grandchildren, Nathan, Emma, and Grace. He also leaves behind his brother, Ward (Karen) Armstrong, and cousin, Andy (Sylvia) Screptock.

Jim’s family would like to offer a special thank you to Ashlen Torio, Vonda Wilson, Nita Clere, and Rosa Baer for their invaluable care. They have been beacons of love and light throughout this long goodbye.

At this time there will be no service or visitation. The family suggests those wishing to give memorials in Jim’s memory to consider in lieu of flowers, Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

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