Charles Allan Armstrong, 79

Published 9:51 am Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Charles Allan “Chuck” Armstrong of Wailua Homesteads, Kauai, Hawaii, died Jan. 15, at home with his family.

Charles Armstrong

He was born April 25, 1931, in New Ulm, Minn. to Charles Christian and Agnes Olga Paulson Armstrong. At age 2, the family moved to Austin, Minn., where he graduated from High School and Junior College. He married Betty Marie Ulland on August 1, 1950, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. She became his life partner in love, family and business. Chuck served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, with the 1354 Video Production Squadron.

At an early age he demonstrated his strong work ethic. He delivered newspapers, helped his father — a Phillips 66 bulk agent — and was employed in the work program all throughout high school. After selling Chuck’s 66 on Water Street in Austin, the family moved to International Falls, Minn., where he purchased Rainy Lake Oil, later adding Northway Services, Orr, Minn.; Armstrong Ford, International Falls; and Agassie Oil, Virginia, Minn. He retired with Betty to Oahu in 1981 where he served on the Waianae Coast Neighborhood and Makaha Valley Towers Boards for several years. After Hurricane Eva, he served as a Red Cross Volunteer on the Waianae Coast. In 1991, Chuck and Betty moved to Kauai. He belonged to the Boy Scouts, received the DeMolay Legion of Honor Award, and was Master of Koochiching Masonic Lodge. He belonged to the Falls Lions and Moose Clubs, Waianae Lions, Kapaa Rotary and Navy League. Chuck had a sense of humor, was a great story teller, loved to make you laugh, and enjoyed promoting positive thinking. His favorite sayings included: “to happiness;” and “in all thy getting, get understanding.” While living in northern Minnesota, he enjoyed time spent with his family on Rainy Lake. He was an artist and fine woodworker, creating beautiful furniture, bowls, and a Hawaiian koa rocking horse for each grandchild.

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He held his wife of more than sixty years on a pedestal and was proud of his family, loving all unconditionally. He was a humble student of Hawaiian culture, exposing his family to the beauty of the island Aloha spirit.

Survivors include: his wife, Betty; son, Lynn Charles Armstrong of Waipouli, Kauai, Hawaii; daughters, Vicki Cheyenne (Wayne) Harala of Florence, Wis., Amy Faith (Joseph) Matson of St. Louis Park, Minn., Kathy Jill Mulic of Maple Grove, Minn., Judy Marie (Thomas) Briggs of Minnetonka, Minn.; grandchildren, Kindi Harala, Tricia [Jeremy] Hipps, Katie, Laura and Kelly Matson, Nikol [Trenton] Larson, Charles Mulic, Marie and Lexy Briggs; great-grandchildren, Owen and Walter Hipps, Abigail Mulic, Kaylee and Jayden Larson, Maci Mathias; sister, Betty Jane (Otto) Volkert of Austin; brother, Robert Leland (Grace) Armstrong of Stockton, Calif.; aunt, Minnie Paulson Stockstead of Sleepy Eye, Minn.; nieces; nephews and cousins.

A memorial and celebration of his life will be held March 19 at Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis at 10:30 a.m. His ashes will be scattered at sea. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated for Kauai Hospice or your favorite charity. Borthwick Kauai Mortuary of Koloa assisted the Armstrong family with arrangements.