Name: Joseph Gerald ARMSTRONG
Birth: 22 APR 1939 in Strathcona, Minnesota
Death: 7 JUN 2003 in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North Dakota
Note: Altru Hospital
Burial: 11 JUN 2003 St. Pauli Cemetery, Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Change Date: 29 JAN 2008
Thief River Falls - Joseph Armstrong, 64, died on Saturday, June 7, 2003 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 (today) at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls with the Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Casketbearers will be Bob Wald, Tom Falls, Ray Thode, Les Cota, Earl Hoefer, Myles Alberg, Kevin Armstrong and Murray Engelstad. Honorary casketbearers will be all of Joe's hunting, fishing, elevator and coffee club buddies. Interment will be held in St. Pauli Cemetery of rural Thief River Falls. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to services at the church.
Joseph Gerald Armstrong was born in Strathcona on April 22, 1939, the son of Lee and Francis (Novak) Armstrong. He was raised and educated in country schools, graduating from the Agricultural College in Crookston in 1957. He entered the US Air Force in 1958 and served in Okinawa, Japan, as an airplane mechanic and was honorably discharged in 1962. After his discharge, Joe worked between California and Florida as a Federal Fruit and Vegetable Inspector.
On April 6, 1963, he married Virginia "Ginny" Kaye Finstad. In 1965, they purchased the Finstad family farm, where they have since made their home, raising registered Hereford cattle and grain.
Joseph was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed camping and traveling. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the St. Hilaire Coffee Club, a former member of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Barley and Wheat Growers and the Thief River Falls American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Ginny of Thief River Falls; two children, Lynell (Bob) Wayne of Thief River Falls and Nicolle (Chris) Ellison of Harwood; two grandchildren; four brothers, Charles (Janet) of Crookston, David (Rosie) of Euclid, Art (Janeth) of Lander, Wyo., and Harry (Lorraine) of Breckenridge; four sisters, Nancy (Galen) Pederson of Manteo, N.C., Ellen (Wallace) Johnson of Detroit Lakes, Agnes Selin of Red Lake Falls, and Esther Cota of Red Lake Falls; and many nieces and nephews.
Joseph is preceded in death by his parents and one infant daughter.
Father: Lee ARMSTRONG
Mother: Francis NOVAK
- Baby Girl Finstad ARMSTRONG b: 2 NOV 1963 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota
- Living ARMSTRONG
- Living ARMSTRONG