Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of William Armstrong
DENVER — Thursday, July 14, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise until sunset on Friday, July 15, 2016, in honor of former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong who passed away on July 6.
Armstrong, 79, represented Colorado in state and federal offices for 28 years. A Colorado businessman, he was elected at the age of 25 from Arapahoe County to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1962 and he served one term. He was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 1964 and served as Senate Majority Leader from 1969 to 1972. Armstrong was elected to United States House of Representatives from the newly created Fifth Congressional District in 1972 and served three terms. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1978 and reelected in 1984. After not seeking reelection in 1990, Armstrong returned to running his many business interests. He became president of Colorado Christian University in 2006 and had recently announced his retirement from that position. Armstrong also served in the United States Army National Guard.
Armstrong is survived by his wife of almost 54 years, Ellen, two children, Wil Armstrong and Anne Nordby, and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 15 at 10:30 am at Cherry Hills Community Church and will be open to the public.