|Birth: ||Oct. 2, 1943|
|Death: ||Sep. 24, 2012|
William (Bill) Armstrong was born October 2, 1943, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to Clifford Wayne and Elizabeth Marcella Armstrong. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School and then attended William Penn College.
Bill worked in the transportation industry for 40 years. In 2009, he started to drive a school bus for Durham School Services, providing service to the Ankeny School District. This job gave him many memorable experiences; he created great friendships, accompanied the softball team to the state tournament, and took his grandkids to many field trips. He loved his job as a bus driver.
Bill is survived by his wife, Colleen; three daughters, Kelly Mahoney of Wichita, Kansas, Ali and Duane Anderson of Suffolk, Virginia, and Angelina and Aaron Blass of Ankeny, Iowa; and two sons, Dustin Sheriff and his fiancÚ Moon Kwon of Denver, Colorado, and Brandon Sheriff of Ankeny, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Princeton, Nicholas, Elizabeth, Andrew, Colben, Maya, Anya, Selah and Lilly, two brothers, Bob and Cheryll Armstrong of Scottsdale, Arizona, Mark and Julie Armstrong of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and one sister, Carol Armstrong and her husband Chad Aston of Killington, Vermont.
Bill was most happy in the presence of his family and friends. He was a proud husband, father and grandfather and loved to make his family smile. As a mentor, teacher and friend, Bill was a leader devoted to the success of his family and friends. In his spare time he enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and driving his Corvette.
Bill loved life and never complained, even if he had a bad day. He always found a reason to be happy. Bill never knew a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone. One of his favorite places to be in the morning was Casey's General Store so he could drink coffee, socialize, and tell a great story.
My family and I want to personally thank those of you who prayed for Bill this past year while he was in the fight of his life. Your friendship is very much appreciated. He was proud to call you his "friend" and I am blessed to call him my "husband".
Memorial services will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, September 29, 2012, at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue, with burial to follow at Polk City Cemetery. The family will be present for a visitation on Friday, September 28, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, also at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at:
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
Polk City Cemetery
Created by: M. Williams
Record added: Sep 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97810657
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"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." George S. Patton, Jr.|
Added: Nov. 26, 2012