Wayne Armstrong, 68, of Roswell, NM, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at his home. Born in Farmington, NM to Harold and Wynon Armstrong he lived most of his life in Roswell, NM.
Wayne graduated from Quemado High School in 1968. He attended New Mexico State University before enlisting in the Navy as a Seabee in 1970. Wayne traveled the rodeo circuit riding bulls and bareback broncs. Wayne was an airplane and helicopter pilot, cowboy, and ranch foreman at the O-bar-O ranch in Carrizozo, NM for 5 years. Wayne moved to Roswell, NM and was employed as a Finish Blade Operator with Armstrong Construction for over two decades. He enjoyed his work as he always said, “I get to play in the dirt all day.” He was an avid hunter and life member of the NRA. Wayne spent all of his free time hunting, fishing, camping, shooting, or enjoying the high country. He also enjoyed reloading, collecting guns and knives, watching old westerns and anything about American history. Wayne was always there to help friends and family. He loved his children, his family and especially his dogs!
Wayne is survived by his two children: Nolan Armstrong and his wife JoLee of Capitan, NM; Dara (Armstrong) Jackson and her husband Matthew Jackson of Midland, TX; three brothers: Leslie Armstrong and his wife Glenda of Ft. Sumner, NM, Marty Armstrong and his wife Michaela of Roswell, NM, Chet Armstrong and his wife Todie of Hagerman, NM, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Wynon Armstrong.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Angus Church of the Nazarene, 103 Bonita Park Rd, Angus, NM with Reed Wheeler officiating.
Serving as honorary pallbearers Leslie Armstrong, Marty Armstrong, Chet Armstrong, Deacon Jones, Chris Hefner, Jarrett Allensworth, Rodney Armstrong and Clifford Armstrong.
Even with our progress
some things stay the same.
Cattle still need brandin.
There are horses yet to tame.
Cowboys will always ride.
They’ll head, heel, and haze.
Making lasting memories,
these are their “good old days.”
As the lonesome sun is setting
on our last sky of blue,
I’ll think back on good times and friends
who helped make dreams come true.
The only favor I would ask
before I’m called away,
is let me be a cowboy
again for one more day.
We want to express our heartfelt condolences to all of “Wayne’s” family. Even though only a short time has passed since your loss, comforting words will continue to keep you strong in the days, months, and years to come. May our Creator, "... the God of all comfort " be with you during your sad days and give you the strength to endure. May the hope of all hopes be foremost on your mind and heart, as we all look forward to the near future when the promise of the resurrection takes place. In the disquieting days ahead, copy and paste the video below. This explains the condition of our dead loved ones and the hope of our reunion.
Ly Whit, FL
Will miss him and his dogs.
John & Kitty SwinfordRoswell, NM
Sorry for your loss of a great guy he shall be missed
Rest in peace, Marty. Love to the family.
Lona Jean FrazeeRio Rancho, NM, NM
Dara and family,
i am so sorry for your loss! I wish I’d had a chance to meet your dad! He sounds adventuresome and hard working. Love and peace to you and your family.
Carolyn LundieLancaster, CA
Laicho Gahegan-SmithMilburn, OK
Gary W. GravesRoswell, NM
Marty,Chet, Leslie and family, I am sorry to read about Wayne. It seems like only yesterday my dear friend Wynon passed away and now her son. I think of her so often. I miss her and now I'm sad to see that Wayne has passed away. Take care of each other as I know that's what she would want.