Honoring the Life by Telling the Story

Donald Armstrong

January 25, 1930 - May 19, 2019
Milwaukee, WI



Friday, May 24, 2019
2:00 PM CDT
The Chapel of St. John the Evangelist at St. John's on the Lake
1840 N. Propsect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 272-2022

If you cannot find parking at St. John's, you may park your car in the Suminski / Weiss Funeral Home parking lot located at 1901 N. Farwell Ave. - we are on are block north and one block west of St. John's access to the parking lot is off of Farwell Avenue.


Reception following Services

Friday, May 24, 2019
3:00 PM CDT
St. John's on the Lake
1840 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 272-2022

The family will greet friends following the service. You will be directed to the reception room at St. John's on the Lake following the service


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin
640 s. 76th Street #160
Milwaukee, WI 53214
(800) 272-3900

Memorial are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Web Site

Green Lake Area Animal Shelter
N6217 Busse Road
Green Lake, WI 54941
(920) 294-3042
Web Site


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Belle Fiori
2014 N. Farwell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 272-2234
Driving Directions
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Life Story / Obituary


Please scroll down for service and memorial contribution information and link to online directions to place of service.

Donald Lennox Armstrong passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of May 19, 2019 at St. John’s on the Lake in Milwaukee. He was 89 years old.

Donald, or Pops, as he was affectionately known to his children, grandkids and many others, will be remembered by all who knew him for his kindness, warmth and generous spirit. He had a terrific sense of humor and enjoyed nothing more than a good laugh, especially when shared with family and friends. He loved classic movies, sailing and sailboats, Beethoven symphonies, and reading his daily newspaper. A skilled and meticulous craftsman, he built beautiful furniture pieces and at least four wooden boats over the years. He was crazy about dogs.

Donald grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois, and spent many summers on Geneva Lake in Wisconsin, where he developed his attachment to boating. It was in Elmhurst where he met the true love of his life, Betty Wuerfel. The two began dating in high school, got married after college, and were inseparable until her death in the fall of 2017. Too young to enlist during World War II, Donald joined the Navy after the war, serving as an officer. After his stint in the Navy, he went to work for Armstrong-Blum Mfg. Co. in Chicago, eventually rising to the level of company president.

Donald and Betty settled in Wheaton, Illinois, and later bought a summer place on Green Lake in Wisconsin. Together they raised seven children in a home filled with love and laughter, where all were welcome. His legacy is one of steadfast devotion to his family, friends, faith and ideals. He was our lighthouse, always there to guide us through the storms of life to a safe harbor.

Preceded in death by beloved spouse, Betty Wuerfel Armstrong, Donald is survived by children, Ann (Kim) Pahlas, Donald L. Jr. (Cheri) Armstrong, Douglas (Maureen FitzPatrick) Armstrong, Meg (Jon) McKinney, Andrew (Heather) Armstrong, William (Mary Rose) Armstrong, and Michael (Leigh) Armstrong. Dear brother-in-law of Joan Armstrong, Barbara Armstrong and Peggy Wuerfel. Donald is further survived by 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service 2:00 PM, Friday, May 24, 2019 at The Chapel of St. John the Evangelist at St. John's on the Lake, 1840 N. Prospect Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53202. Additional parking is available at the Funeral Home. Please scroll down for address.

Private interment Woodlawn Cemetery - Ripon, WI.

Special thanks to the Staff at St. John's on the Lake, especially the Stratford Court Staff, for their exceptional and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin or Green Lake Area Animal Shelter, appreciated