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August 23, 1979 – Thursday, September 6, 2012

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Monday, September 10th, 2012
6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

James Craig (Jimmy)Armstrong Jr., age 33, of Big Lake and formerly of Buffalo, Minnesota passed away on Thursday, September 6th, 2012.

He was born on August 23rd, 1979 in Minneapolis the son of Jim (James C. Sr.) & Patti (Patricia A.) Armstrong. Jimmy graduated from Buffalo High School in 1998. He was employed by PDA as an Insurance Damage Appraiser. He did classic and vintage collector car appraisals. Jimmy was a very talented musician. Aside from his guitar playing, he was an incredible drummer. He really enjoyed his time spent as a drummer at Toby Keith’s. Jimmy loved riding and fabricating motorcycles, drag racing and hunting. He enjoyed shooting sporting clays with his brother in law Jeremy Hanson. He had a passion for general aviation and loved flying with his dad.

Survived by his son: J.C.; the love of his life: Tarra Jo Patnode; his parents: Jim Sr. & Patti Armstrong of Buffalo; brother: Jerry Armstrong wife Maria of Big Lake; sister: Krystal Saletel and husband Paul of Buffalo; Jimmy’s cousin and best friend Steve Root of Montrose; grandparents: Evelyn Armstrong of Deephaven and Dick & Mary Ellen Bartholow of Hopkins; aunts, uncles, cousins ,and countless friends. Also included the many people who played and enjoyed music with him. His mother was his biggest fan!

Preceded in death by paternal grandfather: James C. Armstrong, aunt: Kathryn Armstrong Bonner, uncle: Greg Holter and cousin: Mark Bartholow.

Funeral services for Jimmy will be held on Tuesday, September 11th at 11:00 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 S. Highway 25, in Buffalo. Pastor Luke Schmidt will officiate. A viewing will be held on Monday, September 10th from 6:30 P.M. until 9:00 P.M., also at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Nicole Green Fox

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Armstrong family. My heart just breaks for all who had the honor to meet such a beautiful person.
    The Fox Family

  2. Rachel(Anderson)Manthei & Travis Manthei

    Our hearts ache with yours. Jimmy was a wonderful man. He always had a smile on his face. He was a great friend to all and had a huge heart of gold. Hold those wonderful memories you have of him close to your heart. The whole family is in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  3. Carey Thompson

    Like a bird singing in the rain,
    Let grateful memories survive in this time of sorrow.
    With heartfelt condolences,

  4. Kimbra mcarthur green

    I have not slept since hearing of Jimmy’s passing. There can be nothing worse than losing a child. Patti, I know, has always believed in angels. She has been an angel in my life. Now Jimmy is an angel in hers in the highest of places. And also to Jim, Krystal, Jerry and all family & friends. I send my thoughts, prayers & love. I am profoundly saddened for your loss. Please know I am here for you always.

  5. Melissa Schuldt

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Armstrong family and all of Jimmy’s friends. I feel very honored to have been able to know Jimmy growing up. I will always remember him as an amazing, loving, giving, honorable man. May his spirit live on in his little angel left here on earth…his son.
    Love, The Schuldt Family

  6. Jessica (Kartak) Kegley

    Jim meant a lot to me when we were younger and from then on held a special place in my heart. Through the years we have touched base a few times a year to stay in touch. Our conversations were never just small talk. He knew he couldn’t get away with that with me. I think this is why he called me. I always enjoyed talking to him, and hearing about the family, J.C., and everything that was happening with the band(s). I spoke to him just 2 weeks ago. We had a good conversation. I am still just in shock that he is gone, that I’m not really sure what else to say. All I can say is that he and his family will continue to be in my prayers.
    Much love, Jessica

  7. Marylee (Geyen) Reddie

    My heart goes out to his family. I remember Jim hanging out with my son in high school and a smile comes to my face as he was always fun loving and full of mischief. He will be missed by all the lives he touched.


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