October 15, 1935 – November 17, 2020
Edward Patrick Armstrong Ed Armstrong went to his heavenly home November 17, 2020 at the age of 85 after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s and then contracting COVID-19. Edward was the son of Irish immigrant parents, Edward and Mary (O’Rourke) Armstrong, and was born in Ashland, PA on October 15, 1935. He attended the Girard College in Philadelphia, PA through high school, graduating second in his class at only 16 years old. He matriculated at the University of Pittsburgh, where he played varsity soccer, and earned an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corp in 1957 and was assigned the moniker ‘Fast Eddie’. He trained as a Radar Intercept Officer/Navigator and later served as a Forward Air Observer, among other duties, before leaving active duty for the Reserves in 1960. While working for General Motors in the early 1960’s, he was part of a team working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, developing the Lunar Landing Module for the U.S. space program. Ed began law school while in Boston and earned his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University School of Law, Milwaukee, WI, in 1968. Ed continued his studies to become a Patent Attorney and worked as a corporate lawyer throughout his professional career. Ed worked for Central Soya in Fort Wayne for 20 years and also worked for Johnson&Johnson/DePuy in Warsaw. While with Central Soya, he obtained the patent rights for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”, which he mentioned when in any grocery store. Ed was a Life Member of the Girard College Alumni Association, a Pitt Panther, member of the Marine Corps Association, member of the Chicago Union League Club, member of the Wisconsin State Bar and past member of Indiana Bar and Patent Law Association. He was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church for 45 years and re-wrote the church constitution and served on the Emmanuel St. Michael School Board. Ed Armstrong loved his family, wife, children and grandchildren. From humble and meager beginnings in Pennsylvania coal country, he worked hard his entire life to provide for his family. He was a proud U. S. Marine, retiring from the Marine Corps Reserve at the rank of Major. He had a remarkable Irish wit and was a good story-teller. He enjoyed travelling, hunting, golf, baseball (Cubs), football (Green Bay Packers and Pitt), going to casinos (where he usually won) and a cigar. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Patricia (Jehn), daughter Catherine (Neil) Swartz of Roanoke, IN, sons Edward ‘Ted’ (Kristina) of Valparaiso, IN, Timothy of Killeen, TX, and Thomas (Lisa) of Melbourne, FL; and grandchildren Haley (Joe) Swartz-Voght, Aidan, Conor and Amelia Armstrong. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Sarah, Eileen, Catherine, May, Nora, John and Joseph. His parting words were always ‘God Bless You’. The family extends its thanks to those who cared for Ed during his battle with Alzheimer’s and COVID-19. Remembrances can be made to St. Michael Lutheran Church Foundation, The Shepherd’s House, or The Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society. Viewing and service will be held at St. Michael Lutheran Church on Monday, November 23rd beginning at 10:00 am.
10:00 am - 11:00 am
St. Michael's Lutheran Church
St Michael's Lutheran Church
November 21, 2020
My prayers and love are with the family during this time. It was an honor to take care of Ed, who I always called Granddad from the beginning. I loved him so very dearly and enjoyed talking to him about his work and time serving. When I could, I liked to take Granddad outside and just sit out under the gazebo and hold his hand. I will miss Granddad so much. Love you both, Ed and Pat.