Cleatus Van "Pete" Armstrong was born April 27, 1931, in Morriston, Ark., the son of the late Van B. Armstrong and Martha Priscilla Cozort Armstrong. He died Sept. 4, 2008, at his home in Thayer, Mo., at the age of 77.
He was united in marriage on Dec. 5, 1952, in Pontiac, Mich., to Flora Lorene Campbell.
He was a decorated veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Army in the Japanese Occupation and during the Korean Conflict. For his bravery, he received numerous awards and medals, including the Purple Heart and five Bronze Stars. He was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans and a member of Vincent-Langston-Lunn VFW Post 7831 in Mammoth Spring.
He spent most of his working life in the auto industry, advancing from mechanic to managerial positions. For several years he was general manager of the Cadillac, Pontiac GMC dealership in West Plains under various ownerships, later returning to work as parts and service manager for Blackburn Chevrolet in Thayer.
He was a longtime member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by: his wife, Lorene Armstrong of the home in Thayer; five children, Chesley Armstrong of Thayer, Kay Rolen and husband, Steve of Virginia Beach, Va., Connie McFann and husband, Keith of Myrtle, Mo., John Armstrong and wife, Connie of Willow Springs, Mo., and Doug Armstrong of Mammoth Spring, Ark.; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandechildren; a brother, David Armstrong of Colorado; four sisters, Geneva Smith of Mammoth Spring, Veneda Dillard of Michigan, Nadine Smith of Cassville, Mo., and Elsie Holman of Thayer; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; one brother, Cloyce Armstrong; two sisters, Janette Romine and Wilma Cherry; and one infant sister.
Services were Sept. 8 at Thayer Church of Christ. Burial followed in Morriston Cemetery at Morriston, Ark., with arrange- ments under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.