William N. Armstrong III of New Burnside, IL, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 17, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Carol A. Armstrong (nee Schrock) of New Burnside, IL, formerly of Georgetown, DE, four children and two sons-in-law: William N. Armstrong IV of Wilmington, DE, Regina M. Hill (nee Armstrong) and Michael J. Hill of Marion IL, David M. Armstrong, USMC, of Claymont, DE, and Rachael A. Richardson (nee Armstrong) and Robert C. Richardson of Smyrna TN. William has eight grandchildren: William N. Armstrong V of Colp, IL, Nicholas N. Armstrong of Frederick, MD, Jordan R. Armstrong of Claymont, DE, Rachael B. Hill and Kyle S. Wolfe of O’Fallon, IL , Seth M. Hill of Herrin, IL, Robert G. Richardson, US Navy, of Chattanooga, TN, and Lillian K. Richardson of Chattanooga, TN. His sister, Gail L. Petersen of Muscatine, IA, also survives. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Thomasine J. Armstrong (nee Crowley), infant son, Matthew Thomas Armstrong, his parents, William N. Armstrong Jr. and Shirley N. Armstrong (nee Paige), and his brother-in-law, Richard Petersen.
William led an active life. He was saved for 60 years and served his Lord faithfully all those years. His career as an oil refiner for Texaco Eagle Point Refinery and Coastal Eagle Point Refinery in Westville, NJ lasted for many years until he retired in 1995. He loved reading (especially his Bible), camping, running, chopping wood, gardening and making those around him laugh. His favorite hobby was wood working. He made many items including podiums, cradles, and home decorations. At one point he and his wife, Thomasine, owned a woodworking business named Woodworks by Armstrong. His family still enjoys the wooden miniatures he carved by hand to this day. He was also a good cook with family favorites such as fried spaghetti and scrambled eggs and potatoes. William, Bill as his family called him, was especially handy and also enjoyed working on his home.
Bill was also history buff and greatly enjoyed taking his children to places such as Thoreau’s Cabin, Gettysburg Battlefield, Plymouth Rock, Whaling Museums, and Williamsburg for vacations.
He was a master problem solver who taught his children many life lessons and skills including how to change the oil in a car; many car engines were fixed or changed out in his backyard. He also taught his children how to drive a standard transmission, but most importantly, he taught his children the importance of faith and going to church.
His children would like to express many thanks to those who loved and care for him, especially his wife Carol, his sister-in-law Cyndi, and the Troyer family. Because of you, dad was able to remain in his home until he went to heaven. Our appreciation and gratitude is beyond measure for your kindness.
Funeral Services for Mr. Armstrong will be held 6:00 PM, Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Grace Baptist Church in Raleigh, Illinois. A small fellowship to follow after the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to:
Hospice of Southern IL. 204 Halfway Road, Marion IL, 62959
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV
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