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Herbert "Joe" M. Armstrong

May 14, 1929 ~ January 8, 2021 (age 91)


Herbert M. (Joe) Armstrong, Brooklyn/Stoughton, WI, born May 14, 1929 in Pontiac, MI, passed away January 8, 2021, at Agrace, Janesville, after struggling with cancer.

Herb is survived by his wife of 68 years (after only 8 dates! lol), Ruth Ann (Hillmer) Armstrong. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War, stationed in Thule, Greenland and Goose Bay, Labrador.

Joe was a milk hauler in the Brooklyn area for 10 years, he also served as a volunteer fireman in Brooklyn for several years.  A longtime member of Good Shepard by the Lake Lutheran Church, he took care of the church property for many years. Joe was a member of the American Legion, Benjamin Johnson post and a member of Local 383 Ironworkers while employed by Debco in Janesville. 

Herb was thrilled to do the Badger Honor Flight, a long time Packer season ticket holder, enjoyed water and downhill skiing, golfing and grilling/fish boils.  Was a master Manhattan mixologist, connoisseur of fine beer and successfully removed from his Bucket List a trip to Oktoberfest, Munich in 2015.  Joe enjoyed his grandchildren, gardening and care of his home and lawn.

Surviving are two sons, Jeff (Sandra) Armstrong (and grand-daughters Haley and Kiley) and Bob (Michele) Armstrong (and grand-sons Max and Jacob).  Herb was the oldest of seven children and is survived by two sisters, Julie and Susan.

Memorial donations can be made to the lawn maintenance fund at Good Shepherd by the Lake Lutheran Church (, 1860 US Highway 51, Stoughton, WI 53589 or Agrace Hospice (

The family would like to thank all for the amazing acts of kindness expressed during the closing months of his life.

The family is considering a memorial service at a later date.


I’m Free

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much,

Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me,

God wanted me now. He set me free!


Please share your memories of Joe by posting on his Tribute Wall.

Cress Funeral Service

206 W. Prospect Street, Stoughton

(608) 873-9244


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Good Shepherd by the Lake Lutheran Church
1860 US Highway 51, Stoughton WI 53589

Agrace HospiceCare, Inc.
5395 East Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg WI 53711
Tel: 1-608-276-4660

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