Jack Armstrong

July 19, 1945January 25, 2011

Jack Armstrong Lansing, MI

Born July 19, 1945 in Port Huron, Michigan to Robert and Theresa (Recker) Armstrong, Jack died from leukemia on January 25, 2011 surrounded by a loving circle of family and friends. Jack spent 41 years working for the Catholic Church primarily as a youth leader, 32 years of which were devoted to the Catholic Community of St. Jude in Dewitt. He was known as the “grandfather of youth ministry” in the Catholic Church in Michigan. Jack was a gifted and compassionate community activist working as a Freedom Rider to register voters in Mississippi in the 1960’s and later for Habitat for Humanity, Loaves and Fishes, Ele’s Place and Mother Teresa House. He developed and taught a course in media ethics for Lansing Community College. Jack graduated from Sacred Heart High School and Seminary in Detroit (where he later taught), and also earned a MS degree in communications from MSU. He was a Knight of Columbus, 4th degree, and past Grand Knight. Jack has been the guardian of his two grand-daughters since his son and daughter-in-law died. Jack was preceded in death by his first wife of 35 years, Paty Sheehan; and his son, Paul. He is survived by his second wife, Sharon Marshall Hoerr; his daughter, Joana; son, Ben; grandchildren, Brontae, Coreena, Braylon and Callum; and Jack's brother, Chuck Armstrong. Visitation will be held at the Catholic Community of St. Jude, 801 N. Bridge Street, DeWitt, MI Friday January 28 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the church on Saturday, January 29 at 11 a.m. with a one hour visitation preceding. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the college trust fund for Coreena and Brontae, in care of Sharon Hoerr, mailed to Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 507, DeWitt, MI 48820. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, DeWitt Chapel.

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Lisa Turk

February 27, 2011

My deepest thoughts are with the Armstrong family. Jack and his granddaughters meant a lot to me. He will be greatly missed by many.

Michael Peterson

February 4, 2011

I was a student at LCC for Jack's ethics in media class. Not only did his teaching style and personality make him instantly one of my favorite instructors from the first day, the topics covered in his class opened my eyes to aspects of ethics and morality I'd never even begun to consider in my young adult life. My condolences to the family, he was an extraordinary person.

Zey Ustunol

February 2, 2011

Dear Sharon and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. with my deepest sympathy,

Leo and Barb Henning

January 31, 2011

Dear Family,
We are sorry to hear of yet another loss for you-our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Hopefully, the memories you hold deep in your hearts will be a comfort in the months ahead. Jack will continue to be a great gift to many he inspired along the way!
Fondly, Leo and Barb Henning

Carole Eipers

January 31, 2011

Dear Sharon, Joana, Ben and children,
I got to know Jack thru youth ministry years ago, and we spent a lot of time together when I did the parish mission at St. Jude's a few years ago. What an amazing person he is! I know you all treasured your time with him, as I treasured the few days in his presence. I am sure many of us will carry on some kindness, some work of service, or perhaps we will make someone smile or laugh--all in memory of your husband, father, grandfather. Thank you for sharing him with so many people! Carole Eipers, New York, NY

Joan Tirak

January 30, 2011

Jack was a an inspiration to us all, and an incredible mentor of what it means to live and walk in the shoes of the Fisherman Jesus of Nanzareth. He had a great soul and a huge heart - his love for his family and his friends, for ministry to the youth and service to the poor, for teaching and learning, for working for peace with justice, for the loving and supportive St. Jude Community, and for good music and merriment were constants in his life. But beyond that he had an incredible capacity for dealing with suffering and personal loss, patiently weathering the far too early deaths of his dear wife, son and dauthter-in-law. If love overcomes all, Jack was the supreme example of how that is even possible. If we but practice a fraction of what he lived, we will all be much better people. With love and healing prayers to his precious family - Your Friend Joan Tirak

Taryn & Tibor Lanczy

January 29, 2011

Cory, Brontae, Joana, Ben and Sharon you are in our thoughts and prayers. We will all miis him dearly....he was a man of great love, compassion and faith. We are all truly blessed for having known him. His dedication and love for the youth at St Jude was a gift to us all. We all know he is sharing his gift of music and playing the pizza song in heaven. May God hold you in the palm of his hand comforting you with his love.

Jamie Olivarez

January 29, 2011

What a loss for both his family and the community. My heartful sorrow goes to both Brontae and Coreena, who were students at Verlinden Elementary while I taught there...Brontae in my class for both 4th and 5th grade. May Grandpa rest in peace.

Shelli Pfeifer

January 29, 2011

Sharon, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you and your family comfort during this difficult time.

Nancy and Jim Sheehan-McCulloch

January 29, 2011

To the Armstrong Family,
May special memories of your Dad, Pipi, and Husband carry you through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Aunt Nancy and Uncle Jim