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Harley Frank Armstrong, 88, of 710 Hutchinson Ave. died at 2 a.m. January 6, 2018 at his home.
He was born November 8, 1929 in Ottumwa to Fred Taft and Mabel E. Lee Armstrong. He married Marjorie Hoover September 22, 1950.
A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1947, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Korea. He worked 26 years at John Morrell and Co. and for 17 years at John Deere Ottumwa Works, retiring in 1989.
Harley was a member and Past Post Commander of O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion. He was an avid golfer making 5 holes in one. He played softball as a left-handed pitcher for the Jacquinot Grocery Store team. He also enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing.
Surviving is his wife, Midge; two children, Mary Armstrong (Skip Bailey) of Las Cruces, NM and Susan Armstrong (James Hammond) of Ottumwa; three grandchildren, Kristel, Kelly and Beau (Katie); six great-grandchildren; and a niece, Debra Kelley
He was preceded in death by a son, Tony Armstrong; and a sister, Lola Cox.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home. Military services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home by O. B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Visitation with the family present will follow until 7 p.m.
His body will be cremated following the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties.
Published on January 8, 2018
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