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Colin L. Armstrong
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Colin Linville Armstrong passed away November 15, 2017, in his hometown of McMinnville, Oregon. Born in Portland and losing his father very early in life, he was raised on Galloway Street in McMinnville with his older brother, Charles Willard, by his mother, Laura Millicent Armstrong, (a 39-year employee of McMinnville Water & Light) and his grandmother, Carrie Linville Sherwood (Yamhill County Deputy Sheriff and Tax Collector).
The family were staunch members of the First Presbyterian Church, and Colin was enrolled in 1st grade with the inaugural class of Cook Elementary School. He graduated from McMinnville High School, then known as Lincoln High School, and attended Oregon State University before leaving in 1943 to join the U.S. Navy and earn the gold wings of a Naval Aviator, a lifelong ambition. Discharged after World War II, he returned to McMinnville, graduated from Linfield College, and began a career as an architect. Recalled to active duty as a pilot during the Korean War, he remained in the U.S. Navy through Vietnam, and retired after 29 years at the rank of Captain.
In his retirement, Colin returned to his hometown and was elected Yamhill County commissioner; and re-elected for a second term unopposed. Always an active member of many civic groups and governmental commissions, he was a deacon of First Presbyterian Church, awarded Man of the Year by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and was inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor. As a hobby, the collection and restoration of Lincoln Continental convertibles consumed his spare time. Eventually, Colin had his own parade of Lincolns, 1961, ’62, ‘63, ’64, ’65, ’66 and ’67; one for every model-year built.
Colin is survived by his wife of 70 years, Milly Lou (Squires); three children, Laura Gay Welliver (Larry), Daniel Squires Armstrong (Patty) and Vernon Douglas Armstrong; as well as four grandchildren and four great-grandsons.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 27, 2017, at the Chapel of Macy & Son, with viewing from noon to 12:30 p.m. the same day. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park. To leave online condolences, please visit www.macyandson.com


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Monday

27

Nov

1:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

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Evergreen Memorial Cemetery

135 N.E. Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

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