Robert H. 'Bud' ArmstrongDecember 11, 2017
Robert H. ‘Bud’ Armstrong, age 79, of Minneapolis, a long-time employee of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, died of acute respiratory failure at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul on Monday, December 11, 2017 surrounded by his family and dear friend, Father Greg Skrypek. The last thing Bud heard was Father Greg reciting a Leonard Cohen poem. He was born June 5, 1938 in Miami Beach, FL, the son of Robert and Louise (Knauff) Armstrong. Bud was a 1963 graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee with a degree in journalism. He worked in newspapers in Belvidere and Springfield, IL before beginning his 44 year career at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He worked there as the night sports copy editor and as a book reviewer.
Bud was a Renaissance man who celebrated every expression of creativity-from athletic prowess to handmade pottery, fine wine, and sacred choral music. He was a gourmand and self-taught chef who fearlessly employed exotic and rare ingredients in his cooking, including the morels he hunted so efficiently. He and his wife, Ann Chevalier, a longtime WCCO TV news producer, were well-known for their generous harvest table, where all were welcome.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Chevalier; children, Robert J. (Mary), Dennis M., Robyn (Scott) Ingalls, and Andrew J.; former wife, Jane Armstrong; grandchildren, Max and Abby Ingalls and Caitrin Armstrong. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Louise, and brother, Jimmy.
A celebration of Bud’s life will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 4:00pm at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Minneapolis with the Reverend Fathers Joseph Gillespie and Greg Skrypek officiating. Family and friends may call at the church on Sunday one hour before the service. The family wishes to thank his brilliant and fierce caregivers at HCMC, who gave Bud the nine lives he so fully appreciated. Memorials are preferred to Friends of Hennepin Heart Fund c/o Hennepin Health Foundation, 701 Park Ave. LSB3, Minneapolis, MN 55415.