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Official Obituary of

Thomas Armstrong

July 1, 1949 ~ March 28, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Thomas Armstrong Obituary

Thomas “Tom” Edwin Armstrong passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at his home in Great Falls, Montana.

Tom was born in Petaluma, California on July 1, 1949 to Thomas Armstrong and Ramona Geils. He was raised in Petaluma for the majority of his youth, attending the high school there in his later years. Through all his hard work, Tom managed to obtain his GED in 1968. He went on to instruct those visiting Petaluma in the ways of deep-sea diving. After many years by the shoreline, Tom decided to relocate to Cutbank, MT. Here is where he met the woman he was going to spend the rest of his life with, Gladys Rosehcranz. They shared their vows in Cutbank, MT on February 23, 2015.

Tom had many titles throughout his life. He was an avid outdoorsman, always hunting and fishing. He expressed his love for the outdoors through his work as a hunting tour guide for Bob Marshall Wilderness. Tom spent many years there and made plenty of memories. Some time had passed, and Tom decided that he wasn’t fond of “babysitting” anymore. His revelation encouraged him to move on from guiding tours and start working in different variations of art. He made the most beautiful cabinets and tiny metal sculptures. He would never sell his sculpted pieces to those he was close with, only gave them away as a sign of affection. His most recent endeavor was his Pig Pit business. He had a pig pit so large that it could roast two pigs at once. He stepped out of the pig cooking business after a while, transferred the title to his partner's son in Cutbank and continued his cabinet work.

Tom was a long-term active member of the Moose Lodge Fraternity in both Great Falls and Cutbank, MT. Starting out in Cutbank’s location, he quickly advanced in office. So much so, that when he moved to Great Falls, he was a Pilgrim Degree Officer. This fraternity was a very important part of Tom’s life. He dedicated hours upon hours to help them thrive. Around Easter time, he and his wife were in Cutbank helping dye and hide eggs for the upcoming events.

Tom’s house was surely a sight to see every holiday. He’d use his talents to craft the most impressive yard decorations while his wife, Gladys, painted them. One of their most notable pieces together was the haunted house/Santa’s workshop they made out of an old playhouse. Everyone stopped and stared as their collection grew over the years.

After a long day of work, Tom’s loved coming home to see his sweet dachshunds. He always had at least one puppy by his side. He thought of them as his children and loved them as such.

Tom is survived by his wife, Gladys Armstrong; his daughters, Kerrie William of Petaluma, CA, Tricia Bino of Petaluma, CA, and Jurrine Olson of Minnesota; his step children, Mike Stabio of Orchard, WA, Sydney Stabio of Missoula, MT, and Ann Marie Espinosa of Lander, WY; his two sisters, Tina Wilson of Petaluma, CA and Tracy Chase of Oregon; his brother, Wayne Armstrong; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and his beloved dachshunds.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Ramona.

In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to the Moose Lodge Fraternity in Great Falls or Cutbank.

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