John Eugene Armstrong, age 65 of Mishawaka, passed away at Creekside Village while surrounded by his family on Friday, February 22, 2019. John was born June 23, 1953 in Terre Haute, Indiana to the late John and Scherry (Liffick) Armstrong. Following graduation from High School, John earned two Associates Degrees. He served his country in the US Air Force from 1972-1975 and after his honorable discharge, he continued to serve in the Army National Guard for several years. On September 27, 1986, he married Billie Jo Kuespert in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Billie Jo survives, along with their children Patti (Tim) Armstrong-Glasco of South Bend, Wessley (Jessica) Kuespert and Amanda Armstrong, both of Mishawaka, and Melanie Armstrong of Granger. John is also survived by his grandchildren Alexandria, Timmy, Makael, Zachary, Isaziah, Cecelia and Mack, and his sister-in-law Jean Armstrong of Mishawaka. Surviving as well is his nephews Brandon Armstrong, Frank (Stephanie) Kuespert, Kirk Kuespert, and nieces Amber Armstrong and Lindsey Kuespert. John was preceded in death by his brother Timothy L. Armstrong in October of 2017.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Cruz Family Funeral Home in Osceola. Denver Burns of the Michiana Community Church will officiate the 11:00 am funeral service on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Cruz Family Funeral Home in Osceola. Cremation will follow, and John’s ashes will be laid to rest at a later time.
John was employed for over 40 years in the RV industry, most recently as a warranty manager for Lippert Components in South Bend. He loved watching movies and was a fan of both Star Wars and Star Trek. Many Sunday afternoons were spent watching a Sci-Fi movie at the theater. In his leisure time, John could be found surfing the internet and interacting with his friends through his Facebook page. He and his family enjoyed spending time camping at Spaulding Campgrounds in Niles and more recently at Eby’s Pines in Bristol. He was also very fond of his Ford Mustang, and in his younger years, enjoyed racing.
Most of all, John enjoyed being with his family. He was excited to teach his grandson Zachary to shoot a bow and arrow and a rifle and was planning to take his entire family to the gun range before his illness.
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