James D. Armstrong, 76, Frankfort, passed away June 30, 2021 at the Onaga Hospital after suffering a stroke. Visitation was Friday, July 2, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Padden Funeral Chapel. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m., July 3 at the United Methodist Church in Frankfort. Rev. Jim Akins officiated. The musicians were Janet Plegge and Rheta Matson. Music included “Amazing Grace”, “Ave Maria” and “How Great Thou Art”. The pallbearers were Justin Armstrong, Donny Armstrong, John Armstrong, Brad Armstrong, Jeff Stewart and Jerome Winslow. The honorary pallbearers were Roy Miller, Clayton Miller, Ed Fischer, Gene Fischer, Doug Winslow, Jerry Stowell, Dennis Ahlvers and Ed Joseph. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery, southwest of Frankfort. Jim was born May 23, 1945 on the family farm south of Bigelow, KS the oldest son of Otis and Betty (Floyd) Armstrong. He attended grade school in Bigelow and graduated from Frankfort High School. Jim helped on the family farm and started farming his own ground when he was 16. On December 13, 1975, he married Linda Neal at the United Methodist Church in Frankfort. They were blessed with three children, Aletha Marie, Kelly James and Amy Lee. The family lived on the Allen Raymond farm across the road from the Reserville School house for nine years and then moved to the family farm after the passing of his father. They raised cattle and hogs, grew wheat, milo corn and soybeans and bailed alfalfa, prairie hay and brome hay. Jim always enjoyed going to his children's and grand children’s school events, football games and baseball games. Jim liked spending time with his Corgi, Coco, sitting on the front porch watching the hummingbirds and wrens. He liked watching different farming operation videos on YouTube, to see how farming has changed over the years. In November 2001, they moved to town to help take care of Linda’s father, Lawrence Neal, until he moved to the Frankfort Community Care Home. Preceding him in death were his parents; stepfather, Lloyd Brott; son, Kelly James Armstrong; and sister-in-law, Mary Armstrong. Survivors include his wife, Linda; daughter, Aletha (John) Perry, Amy (Ryan) Ogg all of Frankfort; brothers, Harold Armstrong, Frankfort, John Allen (Donna) Armstrong, Fairview, Byron (Kathy) Armstrong, Winifred; and grandchildren, Cheyenne (Jesse) Ford, Dallas Armstrong, Hudson Perry and baby boy Ogg coming in October. A memorial fund is established. Contributions may be sent in care of Padden Funeral Chapel, Frankfort.
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