“Wally” Robert Wallace Armstrong, age 88 (born January 25, 1932), passed away on September 2, 2020, after a brief stay in St. Boniface Hospital.
Wally was born in Portage la Prairie, MB, the oldest son of Robert John Armstrong and Dorothy Emily (Johnson) Armstrong of Langruth, MB.
From an early age, Wally operated a mixed farm in Langruth, MB. He was a hard worker and throughout his life he maintained a strong interest in farming and mechanics. Many friends and neighbors relied on his mechanical abilities. If needed, he was known to tinker, adapt and create new machines. In his later years he devoted many hours to the meticulous restoration of antique tractors. On multiple occasions his tractors were awarded “Best in Show” at the Manitoba Thresherman’s Reunion. Reading, working with numbers, sharing historical information, socializing and playing music were among his many passions. Visiting friends and neighbors at the local coffee shop was something he looked forward to. He had a sharp sense of humor and didn’t mince words, especially with his sons. Throughout his life, he enjoyed listening to music and taught himself to play the accordion and read music. Wally instilled a strong work ethic into his family and encouraged his sons and grandchildren to pursue their educational, musical or mechanical interests.
For the last 25 years Wally enjoyed spending his winters in Arizona with Mildred and her family or in B.C. with his relatives and their many friends.
Wally is survived by his beloved wife Mildred Regine (Ewert) Armstrong of 25 years, his four sons; Lyle (Lana) of Langruth, MB, his children Michael, Lisa, Alana, their children Christopher and Lauren; Wayne (Sandra) of Glenboro, and their children Melissa and Monica; Brent (Sharon) of Portage la Prairie, and Brent’s children Josh and Lucas, his stepchildren Jacob and Jessica; Kelly (Sarah) of St. Andrews, and their children Dillon and Rachel; Wally’s stepchildren; Wayne Lobel, Jan (Lobel) Gross, Glen Lobel, Charles “Chuck” Lortie, Christine Arksey; his great grandchildren Charlotte, Owen, Ava, Nova, Kash, Scarlet, Ireland, Hannah, Emily and Haven.
Wally was predeceased by his first wife Marlene (Elke) Armstrong of Amaranth, MB; his brother James of Vancouver, B.C.; his stepson Barry Lobel of Edmonton Alberta and Brenda Lortie of Vancouver, B.C.
We would like to thank Dr. “Chuck” Lortie for his guidance during Wally’s last days as well as the caring staff at the St. Boniface Hospital.
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