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Robert “Bob” Armstrong, Sr. , 70 passed away February 20th, 2023 surrounded by his family. He was born June 16th, 1952 to Henry Armstrong and Thelma Blake in Kansas City, Missouri. He met his soul mate Diane in the summer of 1974 and married on February 21st, 1975 and had 5 children.
He was a talented musician and singer. He was in several bands that played around the KC Metro area. He could play the bass like no other around. He was a very talented and beloved Santa Claus. He did several charities as well as the the Fox 4 Love Fund.
His love for his family cannot be described in one word. He loved with his whole heart and the world revolved around his family, especially his grandkids and great grand baby. He was devoted to His Lord and Savior.
He is proceeded in death by his father Henry Armstrong; mother Thelma Armstrong; his son Charles Armstrong; his granddaughter Anniston Armstrong; brother John Armstrong and his wife Gloria. He is survived by his wife Diana; his five children, Angela (Shawn) Douthit; Robert (Shanna) Armstrong; Tonya (James) Armstrong; Tony (Rachel) Armstrong; Jessica (Richie) Parton; 14 grandchildren; one great grandson; brother Tommy (Patty) Armstrong; sisters Vickie Newby, Sandy (Jim), Terry, and Kim (Bill) Hanes, countless nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 10am, followed by funeral services at 11am, Friday, March 3, 2023 at Heartland Cremation and Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, Missouri 64133. Graveside services will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Independence, Missouri.
Dennis Bauer says
So sorry for your loss,our Hearts go out to you all.
Bob was the Best a kind sweet man.
Prayers for comfort ? ?
Vicki Newby says
I will miss you brother. Fly high and sing loud! I love you. Your sis Vicki!
Yolanda Crockett says
So sorry for your loss. He was a happy man that enjoyed life with his family. He was a great Santa Claus also. When i first met him at a get together at his house I brought my potato salad and he truly loved it. He made the remark that it reminded him of his mother’s and that’s how I remember this sweet man. Always giving and laughing
bonnie spray says
love and miss you cuz your were a great guy and would do anything in the world for you RIP love you
Sarah Parker says
So sorry for your loss. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. Hoping you find peace & comfort in all the wonderful memories you have.
Cortney Wolters says
Well you nickname is bob cat since I was a little girl you were in my dad’s band Bobby Simkins . You will definitely be missed. The memories will live on forever. Love you and your family sorry for your guys loss.
Debra Warren says
Met Bob Cat at Coopers playing for Bobby Simkins practicing to get ready to open for Santa Caligon.
Bryan Middleton says
I appreciate you sharing Bob all those hours over here on Osage. Between our family reunions, my daughters wedding party, and to learning new tunes, nothing but respect here. Good memories to hold on to. I see him bending strings in glory!
Bob aka Santa we will miss you dearly play your music with all the family so they can rock out like we did when you where on earth you are the best.Love you always your brother Tommy and the whole family ??
Alice Steward says
Bob I never really met you but I’ve heard nothing but great things about you and the wonderful family man. Santa Claus and musician you were. Love your wife and 2 daughters. They are great people just like you. Keep the music going.
Butch and Debbie Johnson says
So very sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with your family. Always remembered for the smiles he put on many faces playing Santa. He had a heart of gold. Until we meet again.
Johnny Cooper says
I can’t count the times Bobby and I have done shows thru out KC. We ALWAYS had a great time. He’d call me DORK and then slap his belly. I loved him like a brother. He is with Jesus now experiencing things we can’t imagine. Hold tightly the ones love. Bobtail, I love you mister. I’ll take care of Diane until she is called. Your eternal friend, Johnny,- the dork!
Mary Sheffer says
My deepest sympathy to Diane and her
Family. I do know how you are feeling
Loosing some one you love is very hard. Especially someone so special
Tommy Roe says
My favorite brother in law and some one who always made you laugh I’ll never forget the time I took you for a ride in my mustang you will always be loved and missed every day love you Bob ???? Tommy
Juanita Parker says
Sorry for ur loss. Ur family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Armstrong Anna says
To a one of a kind Uncle, I remember all the break out songs you would do just walking around having the time of your life. I don’t think I ever seen you have a bad day. You always had a smile on your face and so much laughter be for those around you! I love you Uncle Bobby and thoughts and blessings for your family during this time. Love Anna and Pete
Charlene Deavers says
You were my favorite playmate little cousin. We got spanked together for playing “doctor” and you taught me naughty songs that I still sing and think of you because of. Lol. Always laughter when we were together. I didn’t take enough time in life with you but I know we will be in Heaven together very soon. I will miss you deeply. Fly me to the Moon baby. You were an amazing man.??
Janelle Campos says
You will be.deeply missed you was.like.a.brother.to me.you always kept.your sister sandy & I on our best behavior fly.high now.you have your angel wings love you all
Rick Davis says
My condolences to Diane and the the rest of the family. Bob will be missed, but will never be forgotten.. Fly High and play loud Bob..??
Rick Davis says
Fly High and play loud Bob..!!
Jenny Schweitzer says
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob is such as beautiful soul, will always remember his smile and kindness, he had a heart of gold.
May the Road Rise Up to Meet You
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
Traditional Irish Blessing
Amy Cotton says
Bob was my kids favorite part of Christmas, which is their favorite part of the whole year. He was maybe in our lives for one hour a year, but it was the most magical hour for them for more years than I can remember.
He was such a good man and will be sorely missed.
Stephan Reed says
To me, Bob was one of those very special people that lived to create joy in the hearts of others. He shared his heart and talents openly. I will always remember his love and patience with me, and the happiness I felt making music with him. He will be missed by all.
robert mangold says
I only knew Bob when he and Diane came to pick Brayden up from school. The two of them were some of the finest people I have met in my life time. Bob and I exchanged kidding remarks every day. It was something I really looked forward to. He hade a very fast comeback to my remarks. The world will be a sadder place without him.
Mark & Carol Damon says
We’re so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Jake and Lori Sanders says
Our deepest and sincere condolences. Bob was a wonderful person with a great personality and great voice. He will be deeply missed.