Bryce Armstrong, 1927-2017

Bryce Armstrong

The Rev. Bryce Glen Armstrong, 89, passed away in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 13, 2017.

He was born June 11, 1927, on the family farm in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, the son of Gus and Agnes Armstrong. Plowing and farm chores developed his strong work ethic and an ability to fix and build using whatever was available. Lifelong fun and brotherly banter with five sisters gave him plenty of reasons to travel “home” as often as he could. He was known for the warm interactions he brought to relationships, his radiant smile, a rich baritone voice, and his storytelling. Road trips around the country with long hours behind the wheel brought him joy—especially if he broke a gas mileage record! A delightful conversation with him almost always included weather updates and car tips.

God’s call to the ordained ministry brought him to Indiana Central College and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. His servant heart led, whether he was in a sanctuary or at a church camp. He grew disciples in Christ through his work in evangelism and pastoral care. His vibrant ministry served churches in Indiana (Montmorenci), Ohio (Yankeetown), and Wisconsin (Clintonville-New London, Neenah, Madison, Wauwatosa Avenue, Viroqua-Liberty Pole, Green Bay and Greenfield). His ministry actively lived on in retirement (Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; Mammoth Springs and Hardy, Arkansas; and Austin, Texas). He was a member of the Saint John UMC Austin chancel choir, enjoyed tai chi at the church, the men’s group and was active in the WOW Sunday school class. He fully retired at the age of 85, but most will say that his ministry ended as he drew his last breath.

Bryce is survived by wife, the Rev. Betty M. Armstrong, who served as a local pastor in the North Arkansas Conference at Mammoth Spring UMC; stepchildren Glenn (Nicole) McCulloch and Karen (John) Chilstrom; his children, Steven (Karen) Armstrong, Rebecca (Don) Zawadiwsky, Paul (Cynthia) Armstrong, Kevin (Rebecca) Armstrong and Brian (Elizabeth) Armstrong; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He also is survived by three sisters: Phyllis Yelle, Gloria Soldner and Joyce Nelson. Preceding him in death were his parents, his sisters Isabelle and Bernice, and stepson John.

Memorial services were held at St. John’s UMC Austin, Texas, on Jan. 22, and at Cargill UMC Janesville, Wisconsin, on Jan. 28.

In honor or memory of Bryce you are invited to make donations to Saint John’s UMC choir, the American Heart Association, Rawhide Boys Ranch or UMCOR. The family may be addressed via Betty Armstrong, 11937 Bittern Hollow, Austin, TX 78758-3338.