Ronald J. “Big Ron” or “Muffley” Armstrong, age 72, passed suddenly in his sleep on Monday, November 30, 2020 at his home in Lawrence, KS. Ron was born on January 26, 1948 in Coffeyville, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Marjorie Armstrong; a sister, Joyce Chaney; and a brother, Jay Armstrong. He is survived by a son, Charlie (Brittany) Armstrong and 4 grandchildren, Xavier Armstrong, Conner Armstrong, Isabella Spuehler and Grayson Armstrong all of Kansas City, MO; Step-son, Jacob (Whitney) Armstrong of Parkville, MO; former spouse, Barbara Shumate (Senter) of Kansas City, MO; 3 sisters, Donna Long of Moberly, MO; Joannie (Tom) Grist of Topeka, KS and Judy (Mark) Flagler of Rossville, KS; a sister-in-law, Nancy Armstrong of Meriden, KS; another “sister” and roommate, Tywilla Adams of Lawrence, KS and numerous brothers and sisters from his extended family, the Aesthetes motorcycle club. Ron also left behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins who will miss his warmth and sense of humor.
Ron was a veteran of the Vietnam war and served his country proudly in the US Army. He was wounded in battle and received the Purple Heart Award. He also received the Combat Infantryman Badge during his time in service.
After returning home from his tour of duty, Ron became a motorcycle enthusiast and joined the Aesthetes motorcycle club where he found an extended family made up of his many new friends and brothers. He was a member of the club for 50 years.
You will be missed.
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Dear Family, I did not know Ron, but want to express my sympathy and recognize his service to our country. Sounds like he was a pretty great person. RIP Ron and thank you for protecting our freedom!
Ride easy my friend. You will be missed. We shall meet and ride again my brother.
Rip big Ron! All of your motorcycle sisters and brothers miss you very much. Ride high for us brother and we’ll see ya when we get there!!
Ron touched many with his work ethic. He was a temporary worker who was so reliable and dependable that his temporary job turned out to be a permanent hire for many years to come. His smile and friendship was infectious, and he always made a striking Santa with his full beard and red hats, especially if he was asked to carry large red bags to load into someone’s car. That is unless he was wearing his Christmas elf hat, which to all who saw him were certain they had just seen one of Santa’s real elves from the North Pole. He was known to watch festivities from a sideline, all the while with full enjoyment. He was a magnificent man, from maneuvering large John Deere mowing machines that he could turn on a dime to harnessing the wind while driving his Harley-Davidson. He will most certainly be missed by his family, friends and all of us who were so lucky he crossed our paths. RIP dear Ron.
Ron was a wonderful person and great friend to me. We worked together for many years and became good friends. I will miss him terribly.
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