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Robert A. Armstrong, retired steel worker Aug. 18, 1936 -- Dec. 13, 2005

A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert A. Armstrong, of Elma, as offered Saturday in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Spring Brook.

He was buried in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.

A retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker, Mr. Armstrong died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 69.

Born in South Buffalo, Mr. Armstrong, known as "Army" to his friends, graduated from Bishop Timon High School. He later served in the Army and was stationed in Germany and at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

After his service, Mr. Armstrong began work for Bethlehem Steel as a tandem mill operator. He retired after 47 years in 1998.

Mr. Armstrong and his wife enjoyed splitting their time between Elma and Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was an avid hunter but mostly loved to spend time with his family.

He was a member of Post 72, American Legion, in South Buffalo.

Mr. Armstrong is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Margaret Murphy; a daughter, Patricia A. Malinowski of Hamburg; a son, Joseph of Santa Cruz, Calif.; two sisters, Shirley Schweitzer of Hamburg and Welma Pierce of New Orleans; and four grandchildren.

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