FREDERICKTOWN — Marlin “Red” Armstrong, 85, of Fredericktown, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born March 27, 1926, in Richland County to Rolla and Mae (Swigart) Armstrong, and graduated from Lexington High School in 1944. A U.S. Army veteran, Marlin served two years during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged in 1947 with the rank of sergeant.
Marlin worked at General Motors Fisher Body Plant as a general supervisor in quality control for 28 years, retiring in 1982. Known to his co-workers as Red, he stayed in touch with his buddies from work as a member of the retirees club of General Motors. After retirement, he spent 13 years in Okeechobee, Fla., enjoying the sun and spending time with family.
A lifelong area resident, Marlin attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellville, and was a member of the American Legion in Fredericktown. He was active with “The Fun Bunch,” which derived from a grief support group. He enjoyed golf, especially at Little Apple with his retiree friends and family. Marlin was an extensive traveler, his sense of adventure taking him around the U.S. in a motor home. He also loved more lavish trips, specifically cruises. He and Margie’s most memorable were to Hawaii, Alaska, the Panama Canal, New England and the Caribbean. Coined the “Johnny Appleseed of Trees,” Marlin always took trees from the woods at his home to plant everywhere he went. He was a faithful participant in Arbor Day.
A pancreatic cancer survivor, he was proud to participate in Relay for Life. Marlin inspired his family with his enthusiasm for life, and inviting smile. He will be remembered for his hard work ethic and fun loving personality.
Marlin is survived by his wife, Margie (Ernsthausen Mitchell) Armstrong of Fredericktown; a son, Don S. Armstrong of Dublin; two daughters, Cheryl K. and Bill Smith of Perrysburg, and Marla J. and Jim Kochheiser of Lexington; three stepdaughters, Sabrina “Carol” Pugh of Fredericktown, Becky Mitchell of Cleveland and Patty Tinney of Hilliard; a stepson, Rob Mitchell of Marengo; five grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth and Jean Armstrong of Fredericktown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Cynthia L. (Smith) Armstrong in 1996; a son, David R. Armstrong in 2000; a stepgranddaughter, Caitlin Pugh; and siblings, Bertha Ridenour, Leland Armstrong, Ruby Garber, Florence Jensen, Elsie Mowry and Emery Armstrong.
Friends may call Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home ,where the memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. The Rev. Douglas J. Pretorius will officiate and military honors, conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail, will follow at the funeral home. Interment will be in Lexington Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050; or St. Paul Lutheran Church, 48 Church St., Bellville, OH 44813.
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