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Don Armstrong (Machine Tender No. 3 Paper Machine) - Class of 2009 VIEW PROFILE


Don Armstrong

FRENCHTOWN – Donald G. “Don” Armstrong, 63, of Frenchtown, passed away Monday, December 7, 2009, from heart failure at St. Patrick Hospital.

Don was born April 14, 1946, in Missoula to Lillie and Lowell Armstrong.

He attended Alberton High School.

Don made many great friends and cherished the relationships built during his 45 years working at Smurfit-Stone Container.

He loved his grandchildren and family. He was passionate about golf and loved fishing, hunting, watching old Western movies and spending time in his woodshop. He will be remembered for his loving and generous nature, his wonderful sense of humor and his pride in his workmanship. He has been a wonderful dad, grandfather and loving husband.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Lillie Armstrong; brother, Eddy Armstrong; and son, Chad Armstrong.

Don leaves behind his wife and soulmate, Michaelene; daughters, Deawn (Teddy) Meinzen of Stevensville and Renee (Rick) Wert of Virginia Beach, Virginia; stepsons, Chris (Mindy) Nowlen of Gering, Nebraska, Pat (Kristie) Nowlen of Missoula and Nate Nowlen of Gering; grandchildren, Austyn, Avery, Adyn, Nicole, Josh, Sydnee, Maycee, William, Calvin and Carter; sisters, Alta Perrine of Alberton and Jo Armstrong of Clarkston, Georgia.; brother, Eugene (Jean) Armstrong of Lake Alfred, Florida; Mother-in-Law, Denise Lutes, known affectionately to Don as “Deema”; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held at 11:00AM, December 14, 2009 at the Garden City Funeral Home with Pastor Barry Padget officiating. A reception followed in the funeral home’s community room.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.

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11/21/10 08:54 PM #1    

Denny Fifield (2010)

Don was a very good friend and a man I admired greatly for his knowledge of, and hunger for more knowledge of the machine and process that he managed.  His contributions to the Missoula Mill helped keep us all employed much longer than we would have been without him.  The things I learned from and with Don during our working time together had not only made me much more successful at the Missoula Mill, but has enabled me to gain employment elsewhere.   I continue to trouble-shoot problems on a paper machine, and think of Don often while doing so.   There are many good people here at the Toledo Oregon Mill, much like the Missoula Mill, but I have not found another Don Armstrong.  I do miss working with him and all others at the Missoula Mill.

Denny Fifield



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