"Dignity without Compromise"

Howard Armstrong

Howard Armstrong, Okmulgee, died Monday morning, February 2, 2004 at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. He was 61 years of age. Howard was born December 30, 1942 in San Francisco, California to Myrtle Mae (Fortson) and John H. Armstrong. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Mary and Benjamin Fortson, in Marlow, Oklahoma. He married Janet Bost in Lawton on October 5, 1963. He attended Cameron College in Lawton, graduated from OSU Okmulgee in 1966 with a degree in Industrial Electric Maintenance, and from Northeastern State University with a B.S. in Industrial Operations Management in 2000. Howard had a 37-year career with Public Service Company of Oklahoma, starting as a test technician in Lawton, and served in various management positions in Duncan and Okmulgee prior to retiring as Eastern Division Economic Development Manager in August 2000. After his retirement, Howard, became OSU-Okmulgee’s Coordinator of Workforce Oklahoma. Howard enjoyed hunting and fishing, but also enjoyed the time he spent serving the community. He was a Charter Director of the Oklahoma Area Development Corporation, where he served as chairman for the past two years; previous President and board member of the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce; ten year member of the Okmulgee Medical Foundation; a member of the Business Retention and Expansion International; a graduate of the Economic Development Institute; member of the Okmulgee Masonic Lodge, Guthrie Scottish Rite, Lawton York Rite Masonic Body, and Bedouin Shrine Temple. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lawton and attended the First United Methodist Church of Okmulgee. In July 2000, the Howard Armstrong and Bette Davidson endowed lectureship for OSU-Okmulgee was announced. The lectureship was established in recognition of Howard’s contribution to PSO and provides a lasting memorial to his dedication and devotion to OSU-Okmulgee.

Howard was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and a sister, Amy Harvey.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Janet, of the home, a son, Dr. Scott Armstong and wife Andrea of Boston, Mass., a sister, Willia Mae Sparks of San Martin, Calif., and two grandchildren, Matthew Samuel and Amanda Parker Armstrong.

The Family will receive friends from 2-4 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel.

A funeral service will be held 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 5, 2004 at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Henry Maxey officiating. Interment will be 4:00 P.M. Thursday at the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton. Casket bearers will be David Wood, Bob Klabenes, Parlan Brady, Jerry Hawkins, Nevyle Cable, Norman Dietert, Paul Abbott, and Steve Menasco. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 N.E. 13th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5097 or in Howard’s name to the Family Fund Drive of OSU-Okmulgee, in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.