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Mert Armstrong (A-Mechanic -Pipefitter) - Class of 1975 VIEW PROFILE

Merton Ray Armstrong

Mert was born in Fort Benton, MT on July 4​th, 1934 to Melvin & Hazel Armstrong.  The family relocated while Mert was at a young age, leaving Geraldine, MT for Turah, MT.  Mert attended school in Bonner, and later becoming a student at Willard Elementary School in Missoula, MT.  Merton went on to graduate High School in Fort Benton in 1952.  Mert moved back to Missoula where he proudly joined the Army Reserves and worked for Rother’s Lumber Company until 1963.  During this time Mert married his beautiful wife, Sharon. The two were overjoyed to welcome their first born son into the world, James [A-MECHANIC - Pipefitter].  Sharon and Mert were later blessed with their son, John, and went on to have a baby girl, Jennifer.  Mert worked at Waldorf Paper Mill in Frenchtown, MT until 1975 when he left for Richland, WA to work at the Hanford Nuclear site.  After two years in Washington he headed back to Western Montana, the place where he loved.  The place where he called home.  The place he built his own business, Big Sky Mechanical, from the ground up, which was in operation from 1983‐2006.

Mert and Sharon lived in Arlee, MT for thirty five years.  The two raised their three children together there, where many memories were made, friendships were built, and milestones were crossed.  Mert spent his life working hard, he was a man of many callouses.  He took pride in his family and his business.  Mert was someone you couldn’t miss.  Not just because of his six foot three frame, but because of his uncanny ability to crack a joke or make you smile.  His dry sense of humor is what most of us will remember, he had a childlike prankster about him, which just may explain why so many people called him friend.  Mert had a predictable wardrobe, his signature suspenders, and a pearl snap button up.  The man liked what he liked.  And the man loved anything John Wayne.  Mert was a good man with a lot of life led, a lot of laughs, and a lot of hard work.  He lived a life to be proud of and will be sorely missed.

It is with this that the family of Merton Ray Armstrong  want you to remember the man he was, celebrate him and his time here on earth with us.  May we all remember the wonderful man he was, as he rejoins his loved ones; His father Melvin and wife Myrtle Armstrong, his mother Hazel, his brother Dillon, his sister Cheris, and his beloved son John.

Mert is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sharon Armstrong.

Son Jim & wife Anna Armstrong. Their two children Clay and Amanda.

Their daughter Jennifer and her three children Shelby, Michael, Ryann and their father Mike.

Their son John’s three children Mercedes, Montana, and Makio.

Services were held at the Brown Building in Arlee, MT on Thursday, February 18​th, 2016 with a reception following.

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Rest in Peace dear Friend.

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03/02/16 10:53 AM #1    

Steve Eastlick (Plant Engineer) (2010)

Sorry to hear of Mert's passing.  My condolances go out to Jim and the rest of the family.  Mert was a great guy, and I always enjoyed working with him.

Steve Eastlick

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