ARMSTRONG, Rev. Thomas E., of Lyle Dr., Hermitage, passed on to heaven Thursday, December 12, 2013, after an extended battle with lung cancer in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System where he was in Hospice Care. He was 67.
Rev. Armstrong was born October 7, 1946, in Hastings, Michigan, a son of Myrl Eugene and Bernice Springer Armstrong.
Rev. Armstrong was a graduate of Chula Vista (California) High School. He attended Humboldt University, Arcata, CA, majoring in journalism. Following his graduation, he worked for two separate weekly newspapers in California. He later studied at San Francisco Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.
Rev. Armstrong began serving the ministry of the Presbyterian Church-USA at Orick, CA.
He served churches as an interim minister for several years. The last ten years of his ministry were spent as the Stated Clerk of the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, from which he retired in October of 2012. He then re-married and moved to Hermitage.
Tom loved Civil War history and was a Civil War Re-enactor. An avid narrow-gauge railroad researcher, he authored two books on the history of the Nevada-Colorado-Oregon railway. He was a member of the Riverside Garden Railroad Club of Warren, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry; two sons, David Armstrong and his wife Broede, Pittsburgh, PA; and Steve Armstrong and his wife Mandy, Tamarac, Florida; two step- daughters, Eva Drobezko and her husband David, Slippery Rock, PA; and Amy Mendicino and her husband Mark, Allison Park, PA; and grandchildren, Linus Armstrong; Monica and Matthew Drobezko; and Amanda and Joshua Mendicino.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, Rev. Armstrong requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 122 S. High St., Morgantown, West Virginia 26501. Please specify for lung cancer research.
Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, December 22, 2013, in the First Westminster Presbyterian Church, Steubenville, Ohio.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church. Dinner will be served immediately following the service for all in attendance.
Friends may email condolences by visiting www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Arrangements by J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon, PA.