Lloyd Paul Armstrong
June 10, 1926 – March 13, 2019
Lloyd P. Armstrong, age 92, passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 13, 2019 in Plano, Texas. He was born on June 10, 1926 in Kansas City, Kansas to Clyde L. and Alice (Kiger) Armstrong. Lloyd was the second oldest of four children. He graduated from Argentine High School in Kansas City and later attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In June 1944, Lloyd enlisted in the Army Air Force and became a Flying Crew Chief on B-25 Mitchell bombers. At the end of World War II, he left active duty with the military but remained in the Reserves. In April 1949 Lloyd married Arline Ann (Fromholtz) Armstrong, to whom he was married for 57 years until her passing in 2006. In 1950, he was called to active duty in the Air Force and served one year of active duty.
Among the many jobs he held over the years, Lloyd settled on becoming an electrician. Starting out in the craft, he ultimately became a master electrician. In the late 1960’s he joined in a partnership to purchase Kansas City Electrical Construction in Kansas City North, Missouri where he served as Vice-President. After a successful career there, he retired in August 1985.
Lloyd and Arline were long time residents of the Kansas City area. They lived in both Kansas City, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas. However, the allure of warm weather and no snow drew them to Phoenix, Arizona on extended trips after retirement. In 1991 they built a house on a golf course in the Sun Lakes area of Chandler, Arizona where they lived until Lloyd moved to Texas in October 2018.
Lloyd was extremely active in both professional and civic organizations and activities. He served as the President of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and was a board member of that organization for many years. Staying involved in his children’s pursuits, he was a Boy Scout scoutmaster. Dating from the time when he competed in the Soap Box Derby in 1938 and 1939 (where he lost the Kansas City championship to his brother), Lloyd was a Soap Box Derby force to reckon with. He mentored his two sons to wins in their local races.
Lloyd was a man of immense and varied talents. Within his family, he was known as the one person who could build or fix anything. In the Armstrong household, nothing was thrown away until Lloyd fixed it at least once (usually more than once). He built houses, remodeled houses, and owned residential rental property. In 1967 he obtained his private pilot’s license and used that to fly the family on numerous vacations.
Lloyd’s life was not all work. A man with many friends, he was held in high esteem and respect and never lacked invitations to parties. An avid golfer, playing with his friends and taking golf trips were a continuous activity. In fact, Lloyd played golf regularly until about age 90. After he retired, spending time with friends, taking cruises and other trips were a highlight for him.
Aside from his friends and acquaintances, his immediate and extended family thought the world of Lloyd. When asked to describe him, the words heard over and over were: “he’s the nicest guy.” From that grew the respect all had for him and the knowledge that he was there to do what he could to help.
Lloyd is survived by three children: Mark Armstrong (wife: Patricia), Jan Altieri (husband: Michael) and David; three grandchildren: Kristin Kabanuk (husband: Ian), Bruno Tschannen IV (wife Elizabeth) and Tim Armstrong (fiancée Brianna Boyle); and two great-grandchildren: Layla and Emily Tschannen. His children are quick to acknowledge the strength and depth of character each has originated from their parents. With Lloyd and Arline, family came first. The values they had were passed to their children and reflected in the way Lloyd and Arline lived their lives.
On March 13, 2019, the world lost a truly great person in Lloyd Armstrong. He will be missed by all and impossible to replace. He was that good!
A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 10:00 am in Valley of the Sun Mortuary, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, AZ 85248.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation 800-473-4636, 200 SE 1st Street, Ste 800, Miami, FL 33131. Contributions may also be made online at: www.parkinson.org/ways-to-give
- Graveside Service Friday, March 22, 2019
Lloyd Paul Armstrong
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March 16, 2019
My favorite memory as a child at Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Arlene's with all the cousins other Aunts and Uncles... Christmas evening... Great food and happy times.... Lots of smiles... Pinball machine.. I hope Lloyd and Arlene are happy again putting one a fantastic golf course. Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Arlene I will always love you..