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Obituary: Armstrong, Dean H.

 (Ruth Sullivan)
(Ruth Sullivan)
ARMSTRONG, Dean H. Dean H. Armstrong, 91, of Kennewick, Washington, died on August 27, 2013. Dean lived most of his life in Harrington, Washington. He was born on April 2, 1922, in his grandfather Turner’s house in Spokane, Washington, to his parents, William B. Armstrong and Maude E. Armstrong. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 68 years, Margery L. Armstrong, and siblings, Rowena Scheyer, Winifred Baker, Herbert Armstrong, and Marjorie Tanke Peters. Dean met the love of his life in first grade. Dean and Margery graduated from Harrington High School in 1940 and attended Washington State College, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Dean and Margery were married on December 26, 1942. Dean enlisted in the U.S. Army Ready Reserve in 1942. He was called to active military service in 1943. Dean served in the Third Army, 743rd Railroad Operations Battalion. He left for Europe in October 1944 and his battalion was stationed for the duration of the war in Antwerp, Belgium. After the war he served with the Second Military Railroad Service and delivered mail between Frankfurt, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. Dean returned home in May 1946. He and Margery lived in Harrington for most of the remainder of their lives, where Dean was a wheat farmer until he retired in 1992. They moved to Kennewick in 2009 to be near their son, Jan R. Armstrong, and daughter-in-law, Gail L. Armstrong. Dean is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, many nieces and nephews, dear life-long friends from Harrington, and new friends from Kennewick. Farming was Dean’s life passion. However, he also found time to be active in various roles at his church over many years, served as a Harrington city councilman, and as a member of the regional school committee tasked with approving inter-district property transfers. His Harrington friends will remember his daily walks around town during his retirement years. Dean also enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and having a dog in his lap to pet. Dean has requested that there be no memorial service. Memorials may be made to the Harrington Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 51, Harrington, WA 99334, Lincoln Hospital Foundation, 10 Nicholls St., Davenport, WA 99122; or your favorite charitable organization. Please sign our online guest book at STRATE FUNERAL HOME, DAVENPORT, WA is caring for the family.


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