Rod, the son of Frank and Marge (Kerwood) Armstrong was born on October 2, 1937 in York, NE. He attended York schools and graduated from York High School in 1955.
As a youngster and teenager, Rod loved playing baseball and became an exceptional left-handed pitcher. He played on the York Midget Legion Baseball Team at age 12 and later, on the American Legion Juniors Team, both established and managed by F.A. Ellison. Beyond high school, he played for the York Braves of the Old Cornhusker League. Those games brought so much enjoyment to the boys and their parents during the Fifties.
In 1962, Rod married Emelie Rech in Lincoln, NE. They moved to Sacramento, CA in 1964. Rod decided on a career in banking and he retired from banking after 31 years. In retirement, they moved to Sun City, AZ in 2002 where he enjoyed golf and traveling.
Rod was preceded in death by both parents. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Emelie of 57 years, daughter Cindy McCall of Parrish, FL, granddaughter Holly and Husband Ashley Davison, great grandsons Becker and Bodhe, and great granddaughter Berkeley of New Braunfels, TX, grandson Casey McCall and wife Brittany of Palmetto, FL. Special cousins; Wanda Lee Baker of Burlington, CO, Major Joyce Kerwood (Ret.) of Nokomis, FL and special childhood and lifelong friends, Don and Barbara Miller of Sun City, AZ and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 4, 2020 at the Metz Chapel in York, with the Rev. Father John Sullivan officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery, York. There will be no viewing or visitation as it was Rod’s wishes to be cremated. COVID 19 Funeral Guidelines will be implemented with limited spaced seating and masks encouraged. Rod’s service will be webcast live on Metz Mortuary’s Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to York Adopt-A-Pet or direct to the family for later designation.