GRAND RIDGE — John "Jack" Armstrong, 82, of Grand Ridge, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 7, at Pleasant View in Ottawa.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Grand Ridge Funeral Home. Private family funeral Mass will be said at St. Mary of the Fields Church in Grand Ridge and burial will be in Grand Ridge Cemetery.
Jack was born Oct. 31, 1936, in Grand Ridge, to Lincoln and Mary (Kuhn) Armstrong. He married Jean Corrigan on July 20, 1963. She survives.
Also surviving is a daughter, Julie (Mike) Stricklin, of Grand Ridge; grandson, Jake (Jonni Rowe) Stricklin, of Grand Ridge; siblings, Bob (Ila) Armstrong, of Ransom, Sara (Frank) Diss, of Ransom, Pat (Don) Hayne, of Grand Ridge, and Ed (Sherrie) Armstrong, of New Hampshire; as well as many nieces, nephews and good friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
After Jack graduated from Streator High School in 1954, he joined the U.S. Army and later returned to farm in the Grand Ridge area for the rest of his life.
He was a member of St. Mary of the Fields Church in Grand Ridge.
He enjoyed fishing and working with his grandson, Jake, in the shop at the farm.
Memorials may be made to either Grand Ridge Fire Department or to the family for future charitable donations.
How blessed we are to have had someone so wonderful that it makes saying goodbye so hard. He was a friend to everyone and cherished his family. We will miss his smile and that little wink.
"God looked down on his planned paradise and said, 'I need a caretaker' so God made a farmer. Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his (grand)son says he wants to spend his life doing what (grandpa) does.' So God made a farmer." (Credit: Paul Harvey)
Grand Ridge Funeral Home
125 Sylvan Ave., Grand Ridge, IL 61325