- Funeral Date: 10/24/13
- Funeral Time: 2:30 P.M.
- Date of Birth: 5/10/27
- Date of Death: 10/20/13
- Funeral Location: St. John's Lutheran Church - Northfield
David F. Armstrong, the son of Arthur and Elsa (Felland) Armstrong, was born on May 10th, 1927 in Bronson, Michigan. David and his family moved to Northfield in 1940 and lived in the St. Olaf Felland Home. The house was built by his Grandfather O..G. Felland, who was one of the original professors at St Olaf College and assisted in establishing many of the original gardens there. David’s home was located just up a small hill from the football stadium at St. Olaf College. The house offered a good view of football games and other activities. It’s no wonder that David became an avid St. Olaf sports fan, attending many of the football, basketball and baseball games. He was known to rally the fans to cheer for their Ole teams. The basketball coach was quoted as stating “because of David’s cheerleading, we won a few more games”. “David would really get the fans cheering and the players welcomed him as a member of their team”.
David loved to reminisce about the days his family “ran the Ole Store” from 1942 to 1959. Last year David and his care givers went out to lunch at the Ole Store. During lunch, an older couple came to the table to say hello to David and visited for a while with staff as well. The couple stated they had their first date at the store when David’s parents managed it and remembered David very well.
David had a life-long friendship with the Hong, Finholt, and Otterness families of Northfield and with many of the congregation at St. John’s Church.
David moved to Faribault in 1968 and lived at Harson Home for 20 years. He then lived in homes with ESI from 1987 until 1996. One of his goals was to move back to Northfield, so in 1996, he did and lived in a home with Roots and Wings. He then moved into his current home, Prairie House, with Laura Baker Services in 2003.
When he was younger, he attended Laura Baker School and the Rice County DAC. David was very proud of the years he worked at the Faribault Daily News in the press room moving paper rolls from 1973 to 1996. The Opinions page of the 11/24/96 Faribault Daily News states that “David Armstrong got his gold watch Friday, and for this writer, it was our company who owed him a debt of gratitude. In a business that at times can get downright hectic, David was a touchstone for the entire staff. He reminded us every day of the things that really matter”. David later attended Vital Link Adult Day Care and EPIC Enterprises.
David loved to spend time with others and he shared his smile with everyone. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed by his care givers from Laura Baker Services. David always met staff with a smile and when he was more verbal, always made staff feel like he was greeting them as his long lost friends.
He is survived by his sister-in-law Corrine Armstrong and her son Phil (Bonnie) Armstrong and her daughters, Barb (Mike) Schmierer and Jane Chase. In addition, by his sister-in-law, Bobbie Armstrong and her daughters Karon Armstrong and Mary Kelly. He is also survived by a longtime family friend David Otterness. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, Arthur Jr., Theodore, and Philip.
David passed away on Sunday morning, October 20, 2013, at his home in Northfield at the age of 86.
Funeral services will be 2:30PM Thursday, October 24, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield with Rev. John E. Quam officiating. Music will be provided by Joanne Rodland. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield. Pallbearers will be Ted Hong, Glenn Holman, David Otterness and John Wisdorf. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the funeral.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com