Born November 17, 1949. Son of Roy & Elizabeth (Watson) Armstrong of Versailles, Ohio. Jim attended Versailles High School. He then served in the United States Army primarily stationed in Germany, as a Rocket Scientist. God blessed Jim with the ability to do anything with his hands. Jim was a skilled craftsman from finish carpentry to home repairs, Jim could do it all. He was currently employed as property manager at Pine Ridge Development in Strasburg, Ohio.
Jim was a devoted member of First Mennonite Church in Sugarcreek, where he served in many leadership roles. Jim thoroughly enjoyed his time as a scout leader for several years with Boy Scout Troop #91 of Sugarcreek. Many have known Jim in a variety of roles: husband, father, grandfather, brother, mentor, and great friend. He was truly one of a kind…
Jim had a never ending love for adventure and many amazing adventures he had. Jim was always up for a good time whether it was a good idea or not.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Joey (age 5). His in-laws, Carl & Jean Lang.
An immense void will be felt by all who knew and loved Jim. He will be deeply missed forever by his wife Suzie, children Stacey (Mark) Whittacker of Arcanum, Ohio, Jamie (Dean) Goedel of Baltic, Ohio, Amy (John) Bear-Angel of Jacksonville, Florida and Nathan Bear of Sugarcreek, Ohio. His grandchildren Trea & Reece Whittaker, Bailey (Logan) Wilson & Mason Goedel, Ian & Liam Angel, Lily & Kingman Bear. Brother John (Betty) Armstrong of Versailles, Ohio, brothers- in-law Marty (Susan) Lang of Dover, Ohio and Steve (Connie) Lang of Titusville, Florida and many nieces & nephews.
Jim was a true warrior who battled every serious illness that came to him and was victorious each time. The final battle was won when Jim left this world for his eternal heavenly home.
~ And in the end, it’s not the years in your life, it’s the life in your years ~
In keeping with Jim’s wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s honor to Boy Scout Troop #91 Attn: Jonathan 7380 Spooky Hollow Road NW, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681.
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