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December 25, 2008

(9/14/1940 - 12/19/2008)

Harold Gale Armstrong, age 68, of rural Luray, MO, died peacefully on Friday, December 19, 2008, at his home, following a battle with cancer.

He was born September 14, 1940 at Arbela, MO, a son of Ora Earl and Margret Wright Armstrong.

On December 19, 1960, he was united in marriage to Mary L. “Pat” Barnes in Knox County.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Armstrong, of rural Luray, MO; three sons: Steve (Kim) Armstrong of Donnellson, IA, Jeff (Lisa) Armstrong of Luray, MO, and Trevor (Lessley) Armstrong of Moberly, MO; seven grandchildren: Angela (Woody) Wiley of Bloomfield, IA, Christopher Armstrong of Memphis, MO, Kimberly Armstrong of Iowa City, IA, Tyler Armstrong of Luray, MO, and Sydney, Conner, and Parker Armstrong all of Moberly, MO; two step-grandchildren, Daniel (Lacey) Workman of West Point, IA and Hailey Workman of Donnellson, IA; two great-grandchildren, Fedrick and Kade Wiley of Bloomfield, IA; three brothers: Darrell (Wilma) Armstrong of Hesperia, CA, Vancel (Patti) Armstrong of Indiana, and Dallas (Brenda) Armstrong of Shelbyville, MO; three sisters: Kathleen Schutz of Savanna, IL, Iris Armstrong of St. Paul, MN, and Delma (Monty) Kelley of Live Oak, TX; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law including: Doris Armstrong of Marshall, MO and Leta Brown and Bill and Joyce Barnes of Kahoka, MO; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Kenneth, Leland and Merlin Armstrong; and four sisters: Cleota, Doris and Norma Armstrong and Lois Drillon.

Gale graduated from Granger High School. He farmed near Luray and for 40 years was an employee of Shellor Globe, retiring in 1998. He was also president of the SECU for a number of years.

He was a member of the Southern Baptist Fellowship Church in Wayland. He was active in mission work and belonged to the Northgate Kansas City Mission Builders, Campers on Mission, and was involved in mission work at the Combs Baptist Church in Combs, TX. He and Pat loved their Fig Tree Resort “family” they wintered with in Texas.

He also enjoyed woodworking, camping and most of all, spending time with his grandkids.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 22, 2008, at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastors Mark Lowman and Dan Steinbeck officiating. Cheryl Brammer was pianist and Delbert Drummond, vocalist, with selection “Amazing Grace”. Additional music was recordings “Far Side Banks of Jordan”, “Angels Among Us” and “I Can Only Imagine”.

Honorary pallbearers were Sydney Armstrong, Conner Armsrong, Parker Armstrong, Angela Wiley, Kimberly Armstrong and Hailey Workman.

Pallbearers were Christopher Armstrong, Tyler Armstrong, Woody Wiley, Daniel Workman, Chris Burton, Toby Burr and Patrick Burton.

Burial was in Combs Cemetery at Luray.

Memorials were suggested to Hancock County Hospice or the Southern Baptist Fellowship Church at Wayland.

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