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Gary Armstrong

August 29, 2016

Memorial Service

September 03, 2016
- 1:00 PM with a visitation one hour prior

Elim Lutheran Church


Boulger Funeral Home

Gary Armstrong

August 29, 2016


Gary Raymond Armstrong of Fargo, formerly of Devils Lake and Rolla passed away peacefully on August 29, 2016. He had been under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and his family after a brave 12 year battle with melanoma cancer.

Gary was born to Warren (Jim) Armstrong and Laura (LaFrance) Armstrong on June 27, 1940 at Rolla, North Dakota. He was raised on the family farm in Maryville Township in Rolette County and attended schools in Maryville and Rolette. He married Helen Braaten on May 28, 1960 at Ox Creek Lutheran Church, Rolette, ND

Gary and Helen lived in Rolla for 37 years. He was employed by the North Dakota State Highway Department, City of Rolla and was a self-employed carpenter. In 1998 they moved to Devils Lake and built a home by the lake where they lived until 2014. They moved to Fargo at this time. He was involved in his churches in Rolla and Devils Lake and was now a member of Elim Lutheran Church in Fargo. He served on the Grand Harbor Township Board and enjoyed working at the Dale and Martha Hawk Museum.

Gary and Helen and their kids enjoyed many trips to California to see family. They spent many weekends in North Dakota & Canada fishing and camping.

During retirement, Gary and Helen traveled to Norway, Hudson Bay, and many places in the United States.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Helen, 3 daughters Gaylen (Tom) Volk, Fargo, Annie (Mike) DeMers, St. John, Jan (Steve) Visby, Devils Lake, 2 sons, Steven (Rosemary) Armstrong, Hesperia, CA. Brian (Kim Roering) Armstrong, Alexandria, MN, and his special rescue cat of 16 years, Blacky.

Grandchildren, Ashley (Jonathan) Feit, Eric Volk, Scott (Shanna) DeMers, Jon (Alaina) DeMers, Derek (Christin Rondeau) DeMers, Dustin DeMers, Adam Visby, Alyssa (Cole) Bieber, Heather Eynon, William (Robin) Pattinson, Daniel Armstrong, Devon Armstrong, Phillip Golde, Devin Roering, Steven Roering.

Great-grandchildren: Payton, Kenley, Elyse & Miles DeMers, Emily and Levon Feit, Kalaina Barnett, Jordan Grasis and great-great grandson Noah Rojas

Brothers Dennis (Adele) Armstrong, Duane (Pam) Armstrong, Sister Linda (Gary) Elfman and many family and friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Laura Armstrong and father and mother in law Hans and Mabel Braaten.

Services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, September 3rd at Elim Lutheran Church in Fargo. Memorial suggestions. Roger Maris Cancer Center Sanford, Hospice of the Red River Valley, Dale and Martha Hawk Museum or church or charity of your choice.


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17 responses to “Gary Armstrong”

  1. Roger Johnston says:

    Sorry for your loss. Please keep me informed. Do not forget to take care of yourself.

  2. Peggy and Andy Johnson says:

    We are so sorry that Gary has lost his very courageous battle with cancer. I hope you all find comfort in the many happy memories you have. He touched and enriched many lives. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    Andy and Peggy Johnson

  3. Pat Lemieux says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the entire Armstrong family during this difficult time. Gary was an awesome man.May you find comfort in all of your memories of Gary during this time and in the future.

  4. mike lemieux says:

    He was such a special man,he taught me so much.Things I use today. So many fond and funny memories.all the love to your ( my 2nd family) family. Love you all. he will be missed.

  5. Marvin H. Braaten says:

    Helen and family,
    You all will be foremost in our thoughts and prayers during these next days and weeks to follow. Our deepest sympathies to all. We too shall miss Gary but also thank God that he has been released from the ravages of a disease that continues to remain without definite cure. Truly sorry that we will not be with you all Saturday.Just know we are with you all in our prayers. May our Lord hold you close and comfort you with His Peace that is beyond all understanding.
    Our love to you all,
    Alice and Marvin,Pat. Michelle,Derek,and Craig.

  6. Cheryl Harmel and Della Baker says:

    We are so sorry that Gary has lost his very courageous battle with cancer. I hope you all find comfort in the many happy memories you have with him. He touched and enriched many lives. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry I can’t be there with you guys. – See more at: http://boulgerfuneralhome.com/obituaries/gary-armstrong/#sthash.ZKrOOeml.dpuf

  7. Michelle Busko says:

    Gary was so strong and put up such a good fight…he is home now. Thoughts and prayers for all…for healing and strength…

    Rick & Michelle Busko (Gannarelli)

  8. M. Hill says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. Although I did not know your loved one personally, I hope knowing that they are in our loving heavenly Father’s memory will bring your family comfort during this difficult time. Very soon now we can look forward to God’s promise at a Revelation 21:4: “… Death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore, the former thing gave passed away.”

  9. Scott Pickard says:

    Helen, Gaylen, Annie, Jan, Steve,Brian (Buzz) and your families…..very sorry to hear about the passing of Gary, It’s been a very long time, but I do remember a few fishing trips with you guys and of course being next door neighbors. I believe I spent more time at your house then my own, always felt very welcome or I just ignored Helen and Gary when they told me to go home 🙂

    Thoughts and prayers to you all, Gary was a such a good man!! Please take comfort in all the good memories…

  10. Mary Vandal says:

    So sorry to hear about Gary. I can only imagine the pain it is losing a spouse of so many years. I know the pain it is to lose a father. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you especially now.
    There are lots of great memories from our neighbors in the Bolova Addition. There was never a dull moment!!
    Unfortunately I will not be able to make it to the funeral. I work weekends and with it being a holiday weekend there were already requests for time off.
    I will be praying for you all!

  11. Gloria and Steve Street says:

    So sorry for your loss. He was such a funny man. I met him on his visits to CA to see Rosemary and Steve. He always had projects lined up to keep himself busy. Hugs to all of you!

  12. Richard and Carolyn Griffin says:

    Tenderly may time heal your sorrow, Gently may friends ease your pain, Softly may peace replace heartaches and may warmest memories remain.
    We feel as if we have known Gary forever and growing up as neighbors we probably have. He was so easy to talk to and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. Thinking of all of you.

  13. Penny and Dave Robinson says:

    So sorry to hear about Gary. Whenever I think of him it is always with a smile on his face and a story to tell. All of you are in our prayers.

  14. Gerald and Brenda says:

    Hellen and Family with our deepest sympathy

  15. Gene & Theresa Martel says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Gary passing away. May all of the family cherish all the wonderful memories you have of Gary.

  16. curt meyer from elim church says:

    so sorry for your loss

  17. Lynn (Giese) Davenport says:

    So sorry about your loss. It was a long time ago but I do remember him being a very kind and entertaining person. I loved his stories and jokes. Keeping all of you in our prayers.

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