Ronald Edward Armstrong

Ronald Edward Armstrong, 71, of Axford Prairie passed away on Friday, June 21, 2013, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam after battling brain cancer. Ron was born October 9, 1941 in Olympia, Wash. to Orville and Bernice (Reitan) Armstrong. He was raised in Olympia and attended North Thurston High School and graduated from Lower Columbia College with an Associate in Technical Arts (Forestry) Degree in 1964.

On January 4, 1963, Ron married Arlene Ruff at the First Baptist Church in Olympia. She survives him at the family home.

They moved to Grays Harbor in 1965 and had also lived in Longview, Quinault and Seattle.

Ron had worked for Pacific Lumber and Shipping, Roderick Timber, was a Grays Harbor County Deputy Sheriff and jailor, he also worked for Tags Trophies and as a sales representative for Dahlgren Engraving Systems and Xenetech, Inc.

He had been a member of the Pacific Beach Community Church since 1985. Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing and hiking. He finished writing his book “Panama Canal: The Invisible Wonder of the World” after already having two surgeries for brain cancer.

Ron belonged to the John Birch Society and was a local political watchdog devoted to conservative causes who had been a leader in the Grays Harbor Democratic Party and then switched to the Grays Harbor Republicans.

In addition to his loving wife, Arlene, Ron is survived by his three daughters, Stacy Marie (Ron) Christopherson and Cindy Ann (Orrin) Converse both of Hoquiam, and Amber Lee (J.D.) Brandt of Elma; his mother, Bernice Margaret Armstrong; his brother, Michael Thomas Armstrong and sister, Bonnie Marie (Tony) Hawkins and brother-in-law, Jerry Bentley all of Olympia; three granddaughters and five grandsons.

Ron was preceded in death by his father, Orville Edward Armstrong who passed away in 2007 and his sister, Roxyne Ruth Bentley who passed away in 2003.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 2nd at Immanuel Baptist Church in Hoquiam.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.