Roy Armstrong

Roy Armstrong “Papa Tiny”, born 12/01/1927 in Santa Rita, NM, passed away at the home at the age of 86.  He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Barbara H. (Clements), wife of 56 years; his parents, Robert Armstrong and Minnie Elsie (Wood); 4 brothers, Robert, Lloyd Jay, Kenneth Jack and Walter Lewis.  He is survived by 3 children: son, Roy W. Armstrong and wife, Rhonda of Basehor, KS, daughter, Ellen McBratney and husband, Dennis of Kansas City, KS and daughter, Eileen Whisenant and husband, Bill of Kansas City, KS; 3 granddaughters, Olivia Armstrong of Basehor, KS, Carrie Strodtman of Kansas City, KS and Tracy McBratney of Basehor, KS; 5 grandsons, Kenny Roy Strodtman and wife, Jennifer of Salisbury, MO, Matt Whisenant and wife, Leah of Lenexa, KS, Gabe Armstrong of Kansas City, KS, Chris Whisenant and wife, Shannon of Basehor, KS and Luke Armstrong of Overland Park, KS; 7 great granddaughters, Talia Armstrong, Anya Armstrong and Emma Armstrong of Basehor, KS, MacKenzie Strodtman and Makayla Strodtman of Salisbury, MO, Lynnsey Keehn of Lenexa, KS and Emily Whisenant of Basehor, KS; 2 great grandsons, Joey Ryland of Kansas City, KS and Trevor Whisenant of Basehor, KS; sister, Phyllis Silverii of Victorville, CA; several nieces and nephews; lots of friends; and his very best friend, “Prissy”.  Roy joined the Navy on 12/02/1944 at the age of 17.  His dad signed for him to go, as the legal age was 18 at the time.  He was honorably discharged in 1946 and when asked how he felt about his time in the service, he said, “Proud, very Proud”.  He married Barbara H. Clements on September 28, 1949 (after only a 3 month courtship).  He worked in a lead mine in California, and a Ford plant in Claycomo, MO (inventing a tool that he got a bonus for that became a very famous tool).  He really enjoyed driving tractor/ tankers and even a Tour Bus for the Nebraska College.  He was self-employed at Roy’s Argentine Standard Station then went to work for Santa Fe Railroad where he retired from.  There will be a private service for the family only at the gravesite, however, a Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant, 2737 S. 47th St. Kansas City, KS 66106 on September 28, 2013 from 2pm to 6pm.  In lieu of flowers donations will be accepted for: Servants of Mary, 800 N. 18th St. Kansas City, KS 66102.


  1. Larry Paddy on July 28, 2013 at 6:01 am

    I am very sorry for your loss. I worked with Roy at Santa Fe. He was a great guy and a lot of fun to be around.
    My condolences.

  2. Glenn & Vicki Hunt on July 28, 2013 at 11:13 am

    We are sorry for your lost. But now Barbra & Roy will be together forever.
    Roy was a great guy, and will be missed by many. WE will spread the news to his friends down here in Freeman, Mo.
    Having spent time with Roy was wonderful !

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