June Willard (Adams) Armstrong, 95, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on October 13, 2019 at Sanford Vermillion Care Center in Vermillion, SD.
A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. at Kober Funeral Home of Vermillion, South Dakota on Thursday October 17, 2019, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday October 18, 2019 at United Church of Christ Congregational in Vermillion, South Dakota, with Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial will take place at Bluff View Cemetery following the church service.
She was born on August 12, 1924, in Chamberlain, South Dakota to Oliver Adams and Amy (Lathrop) Adams.
June earned a degree in Dietetics from Iowa State University. In a hurry to help with the war effort, she graduated in 3 years. She went on to Ann Arbor Michigan to become a Registered Dietician through the program there, which also helped take care of enlisted men.
She met Francis Marion Armstrong, as he attended Iowa state’s veterinary school and was enrolled in a military training program there. After Francis returned from his Navy deployment in the South Pacific and WWII ended, they were married. Together they raised ten children.
June dedicated a large part of her life to care for and feed her family. She loved to read and she enjoyed writing, researching and writing a book about her family history and stories. She was an accomplished, creative, and prolific quilter. An active volunteer, June helped in Scouts, PTA, The League of Women Voters, Clay County Historical Society, and as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and bell ringer in her church.
Late in life, she continued to make new friends and kept her life full and active.
June is survived by her children; Kathleen Joy (Robert) Marmet of Marshall, VA; Francis Michael (Patty) Armstrong of Meckling, SD; Deidre Ann (Raleigh) Whetsel of Lafayette, CO; Patricia Joan (Robert) Reinders of Reston, VA; David Brian Armstrong of Herndon, VA; Riley Thomas Armstrong of Vermillion, SD; Robin Elizabeth (Brad) Thorson of Mound, MN; and Sheila Jean Armstrong of Houston, TX. June counted 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren among her greatest blessings. June’s grandchildren: Sarah, Barbara and Robert Marmet, Eliot Armstrong, Charles and Patrick Whetsel, Robert and Crosby Reinders, Glenn Melcher, Daniel and Elizabeth Thorson, LeRoy Clemetson, and Christopher Weatherton. And her great grandchildren: Julian, Dustin, Darren, Malia, Sophia, Theodore, Rosalind, Harlee, Karsyn, Presley, and Tash.
As an only child, June considered her husband’s siblings her own. She is also survived by her husband’s brothers Robert and Clare Armstrong, and her cherished “sisters” Mary Jo Armstrong, Mary Ruth Armstrong and Martha Coucoules, as well as many many nephew’s, nieces, and grand nephews and grand nieces, and many friends and neighbors who were like family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Amy, her husband, Francis, and her children Linda Carol Anderson and Doyle Glen Armstrong.
Kober Funeral Home of Vermillion has been entrusted with the services. Condolences may be made online at www.koberfuneralhome.com