VAN BUREN, Ark. – Gregory Armstrong, born August 28, 1943, in Schenectady, New York, died December 10, 2016, at his home in Van Buren, Arkansas.
He grew up in Wayne County, Indiana, an area homesteaded by his ancestors in 1814. Following his 1961 graduation from Centerville High School in Indiana, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Butler University in Indianapolis and later served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Montevideo, Uruguay. On December 12, 1968, he was united in marriage with his eternal companion, Silvia Rial Castillo of Montevideo, Uruguay, with whom he had and raised four children.
He earned advanced degrees at Ball State University and Indiana State University. Armstrong taught in the Union County and Centerville-Abington schools, as well as at Indiana University (IU East and Bloomington). From the late 70’s through 1995, he and his wife directed Indiana University’s Summer Honors Program in Mexico, later teaching at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, State University of New York (Cortland), Pulaski Tech in North Little Rock, and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. He had the distinction of being recognized as a Fulbright Scholar.
He was devoted to his family and his faith in the Lord. He served as bishop of the Richmond, Indiana and North Little Rock, Arkansas wards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Survivors include wife, Silvia; son, Edward and daughter-in law, Amy (and their children, William, Daniel, Sylvie, and Hannah); daughter, Gianella and son-in-law, John (and her sons, Gustav and Mason); daughter, Erica and son-in-law, Michael (and their daughter, Lola); daughter, Maralie and son-in-law, Eli; and brother, Andre and sister-in-law, Connie (and their children, Crystal, Aaron, and Cara).
Funeral services were held at noon on December 20, 2016, at Doddridge Chapel, 9470 Chapel Road, Centerville, Indiana. Arrangements are being handled by Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Doddridge Chapel Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 113, Centerville, IN 47330.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.