MOUNT VERNON — Richard “Dick” Turnbull Armstrong was born July 10, 1924, in Lincoln, Neb., and passed after a short battle with cancer one day shy of his 93rd birthday on July 9, 2017, a birthday he shared with his sister, Pearl Prall.

Dick attended Lincoln High School prior to joining the Navy, serving from 1941 thru 1947. He spent the major part of his World War II service as an Aviation Mechanic on the carrier USS Sangamon. He also spent time on the USS Princeton and USS Kearsarge.

After his service time in the Navy, he returned to Lincoln and worked for Walter Dill Construction for many years as a plasterer and brick layer. He closed out his masonry career at Lincoln Public schools in the maintenance department. Dick was a 50 plus year active member of the Masons, VFW, American Legion and the Eagles. He missed his friends from the Eagles shuffleboard team.

His best memories from Ohio was participating in an Honor Flight he took with his son to Washington, D.C. , Bowling twice a week, and for a couple of years, playing darts. He also enjoyed going for boat rides on Apple Valley Lake.

His lifelong hobby of raising and training hunting dogs led him to become one of the founding fathers of the German Shorthair Club of Lincoln. He earned many championships over the years in both field trials and shows.

The love of his life for 71 years, Wilma “Jean” (Dill) Armstrong passed away in 2014.

After her death, he moved to Ohio to live near his son, Allen and daughter-in-law, Suzanne of Howard, Ohio.

Dick’s parents, Frank and Ida Armstrong preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son, Allen and daughter-in-law, Suzanne Armstrong of Howard; two grandchildren, Alanna Anthony (Dan Keiser) of Palmerton, Pa., and Jon (Jackie) Armstrong of Elizabethtown, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Kasaundra, Zachary, Paige and Hannah Armstrong and Dalainey Keiser; step-grandson, Seth Nace; sister, Pearl Prall and her family, also his niece, Jan Rank (Gill) and family, and nephew, David Hodtwalker (Annette).

Friends may call Saturday, July 15, from 1-3 p.m., at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 19, at 3 p.m., at the Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68512. Entombment will follow in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richards name to the American Cancer Society or other charity of your choice.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Richard Turnbull Armstrong.


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