Frank Armstrong, 90, of Marietta,  passed away Friday, Oct. 5,  2018, at Mercy Hospital of Love County, Marietta. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Marietta’s First Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Langley officiating, assisted by Pastor Shane Norton. Interment with military honors will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Marietta, under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marietta.
Frank was born in Seymour, Mo., on Aug. 13, 1928, to the late Noah Armstrong and Rachel Climmer Armstrong. He was raised in Republic, Mo., where he graduated from Republic High School. After High School, Frank worked at the Sportswear Manufacturing Company in Republic where he met his wife Helen. He loved his country and served in the Army during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. Frank was transferred home on Mar. 15, 1952 and married Helen three days later on March 18. Frank was transferred to Madill,  in 1957, to become the pattern designer for the Sportswear Manufacturing Company. The family moved to Marietta in 1967 when the Company expanded its manufacturing business. He continued to work there until his retirement in 1992.
Frank adored his wife, kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. He loved to tell stories about their accomplishments, what they were doing, and how they were getting along. He also loved camping, fishing, and skiing with his entire family. Thousands of hours were spent on Lake Texoma and Lake Murray where he taught everyone how to ski and how to fish. His greatest joy was being with his family.
Frank also loved family vacations. Every summer he would load up the family and camp somewhere in beautiful Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana. Once the kids were grown, he and Helen traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and toured extensively through the United States including the Pacific Northwest, California, and the entire eastern coast.
Frank and Helen also were master quilt makers. Since their retirement, they have produced over 100 master planned quilts for the entire family. Frank’s favorite quilt is “The Grandmother’s Flower Garden,” and the most difficult one that they ever sewed and quilted was “The Texas Star,”  Together they have made “The Wedding Ring” quilt for every grandchild and great-grandchild. Other quilts they have made are The Patchwork, The Fishing Boy, The Dutch Girl, The Carpenters Wheel, The Star Quilt, and many more.
Frank loved his Lord Jesus Christ and loved his home church, Marietta First Baptist. He has been an active member for 51 years and loved his church family and Sunday School class. He was praying for an “Old Time Revival,” even up to the time that his Lord called him home.  
Frank was a loved husband, daddy, and papa. He will be missed by all who loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Armstrong of the home; children, Steve Armstrong and wife Charla, of Edmond, James Armstrong and wife Lisa, of Lone Grove, and Susan Shultz and husband Ray, of Norco, Calif.; grandchildren, Andrew Armstrong and wife Elizabeth, of Moore, Robert Armstrong and wife Amy, of Duncan, Rachel Armstrong, of Tulsa, Abigail Isokariari and husband Alex, also of Tulsa, Austin McCally, of Seattle, Wash., Lyndsay Cathey and husband Michael and Parker Armstrong, all of Lone Grove, and Joshua Shultz and Caleb Shultz, both of Norco;  great-grandchildren, Victoria, Alexandria, and Madison Riggs, of Lone Grove, Gavin Armstrong and Canon Owens, of Moore, and Tate, Graham, Alec, and Emmalea Armstrong, of Duncan; and a sister, Virginia Clark of Powell, Wyo.
In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Armstrong.
Serving as casket bearers will be grandsons, Andrew Armstrong, Robert Armstrong, Parker Armstrong, Joshua Shultz, Caleb Shultz, and Michael Cathey. Honorary bearers are Austin McCalley, Alex Isokariari, and members of the Men’s Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.
Viewing will be from noon until 5 p.m., Thursday and from 9 a.m. until noon on Friday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Baptist Home for Girls, 13976 Anthony Lane – Madill, OK 73446.
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