James Armstrong, Jr., 33, Big Lake

James Armstrong Jr.

James Craig (Jimmy) Armstrong Jr., 33,  Big Lake, and formerly of Buffalo, Minn. died  Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.
Funeral service was Tuesday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m.,  at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 S. Highway 25, in Buffalo. Pastor Luke Schmidt  officiated. A viewing was held on Monday, Sept. 10 from 6:30-9 p.m., also at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Jimmy was born Aug. 23, 1979 in Minneapolis, the son of Jim (James C. Sr.) and Patti (Patricia A.) Armstrong.  He graduated from Buffalo High School in 1998.
Jimmy was employed  by PDA as an insurance damage appraiser. He did classic and vintage collector car appraisals. Jimmy was a very talented musician. Aside from his guitar playing, he was an incredible drummer.  He really enjoyed his time spent as a drummer at Toby Keith’s. He loved riding and fabricating motorcycles, drag racing and hunting, and enjoyed shooting sporting clays with his brother-in-law Jeremy Hanson. He had a passion for general aviation and loved flying with his dad.
Jimmy is survived by his son J.C.; the love of his life Tarra Jo Patnode; his parents; brother Jerry (Maria) Armstrong, Big Lake;  sister Krystal (Paul) Saletel; grandparents, Evelyn Armstrong of Deephaven and Dick and Mary Ellen Bartholow of Hopkins.
He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather James C. Armstrong.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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