OLDEN — Ronald Lee Armstrong, 76, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2018 in Abilene of complications from a heart procedure.
A gathering of family and friends will take place at 11 a.m. July 28 at ‘The Farm’ - 301 CR 451E in Olden.
Ron was born April 21, 1942 in Eastland to Ward and Charlie Armstrong. Ron, his mother, step-father Tommy Samuels, and siblings Harold and Cheryl relocated to Brownwood when he was 12. Ron graduated from Brownwood High School in 1960. Following service in the Army National Guard, he began working for Southwestern Bell. In 1962, he married Shirley Jordan. They welcomed daughters Paige and Leslie in 1962 and 1964.
The family moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1967 where Ron started a long and successful career in the printing and graphics industry. He was a co-founder of Global Graphics, Inc. and worked for several other companies including Norman-Harwell. Following the family’s move to Grapevine in 1976, he started Grapevine Printing and Office Supply. While in Grapevine, Ron was an active member of the community serving on the Grapevine Colleyville School Board and the Grapevine Parks Board.
Ron married Becky Lorensen in 1994. Ron and Becky lived in Grapevine until 2001 when Ron decided it was time to leave the ‘big city’ and return to his country roots. They purchased 18 acres in Olden (‘The Farm’), just a few miles outside of Eastland. Ron and Becky started ClearGuard, Inc. a restaurant menu design and printing company. He was very proud of contributing to the local economy and of providing jobs to members of the local community, many of whom became dear friends to him and Becky. Following the sale of ClearGuard in 2015, Ron and Becky started American Menu Solutions.
Ron is remembered as a wonderful Daddy to his girls. He played with them and made them laugh, things that they learned to do with their own children. Ron supported his daughters in many activities including music lessons and sports. He coached their basketball and softball teams. He was also a wonderful Papa to his grandchildren and loved his many puppies and kitties. Ron was known for his incredible work ethic, getting his first job when he was just 10 years old and working until just a few short weeks before his passing. He loved spending time on the farm, especially the endless hours mowing the pastures. He also loved reading, fishing and watching sports, especially college football and golf on Sunday afternoons.
We all take comfort in the fact that Ron lived the life he wanted to live.
“I am a man who knows where he stands and I stand for the right to be me. I do as I want while many men don’t and I’ll fight for the right to be free. When life does end you’ll be ready my friend because you’ve lived your life full each day. As you look to the sky from your grave where you lie, the world will know that you did it your way.” From ‘I Am a Man’ by Ron Armstrong, 1989.
Ron is predeceased by his father, Ward Armstrong; mother and step-father, Charlie and Tommy Samuels; niece, Missy Armstrong; and beloved first grandson, Zachary Napier.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Becky; daughters, Paige Armstrong (Kevin) and Leslie Napier (Dave); mother of his daughters, Shirley Armstrong; step-sons Chris Plumlee (Renee) and Brian Plumlee (Christi); brother Harold Armstrong (Kitty) and sister Cheryl Beuret (Bryan); grandchildren Hannah Armstrong and Jordan, William and Jacob DeJacimo; nieces Patricia Rodrigue (Mark), Glenna Angel (Pete) Le’Ann Downs (Brent), and Sarah Newburn (Allan); nephew Todd Jordan (Jennifer); life-long friend, Riney Jordan; and many other family and friends.