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May 4, 2010

David Arthur Armour

GCC prof, author, elder was historic parks director


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GROVE CITY — Obituary was published May 1, 2010.

David Arthur Armour of West Washington Boulevard, Grove City, suffered a long fight with cancer and was taken to glory by his Lord at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in his home. He was 72.

Dr. Armour was a son of Arthur and Marian Bowie Armour from Grove City.

He was a loving husband, father and Opa to his wife, Grace, with whom he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary last August; four children and seven grandchildren, Marian Armour-Gemmen and Randall, Angelyn and Ellena, Morgantown, W.Va.; Arthur Armour and Rebecca Lew, Samuel and John, Portland, Ore.; David Armour and Joanna Tong, David, Keith and Michael, Bellevue, Wash.; Anneke Myers and Matthew Mackinac Island, Mich.

Other family includes: two sisters and a brother, Nancy and Doug Johnson, Davidsonville, Md.; Tom and Lois Armour, Grove City; and Maryann and Al Fearon, Bolivar, Ohio; his in-laws, Alice and Bill Heese, Akron, Ohio, and Ed (deceased) and Jan Lootsma, Mystic, Conn.; Els (deceased) and Gys Kooy, Mahwah, N.J.; Wayne Lootsma (deceased); Henry and Grace Lootsma, North Haledon, N.J.; and Ann and John Barr, Bridgewater, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a servant of the Lord and loved by many who were his brothers and sisters in Christ.

He attended Grove City schools, went on to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., attended his junior year at the University of London and graduated in 1959. He then went on to receive his master’s and Ph.D. in history at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

For four years, he was on the faculty of University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. David was hired by the Mackinac Island State Historic Parks Commission to be the deputy director, a position he held for 36 years. During that time he served as acting director twice.

He resided along with his family in Lansing and spent springs and summers on Mackinac Island, which he loved and cherished. He occasionally taught courses in Colonial American History at Calvin College.

He had a ministry with the Hmong Christian Ministry in Grand Ledge, Mich., and Lansing and on Mackinac Island and worked with the college students and Jamaican workers in leading and participating in their worship services. He was an elder at River Terrace Church in East Lansing and later at Covenant Christian Reformed Church in Grand Ledge. While living on Mackinac Island, he attended Trinity Episcopal Church and was on the vestry.

He was the author of seven books, three of which were award-winning, and more than 60 articles and book reviews. He restored or reconstructed more than 40 historic buildings and obtained and administered more than $7 million in grants.

The following honors were bestowed on him: Michigan Society of Architects Ð Honorary Affiliate Member; Michigan Historic Preservation Network Ð 2002 Building Award; Fort Mackinac Restoration Engineering Society of Detroit Ð Construction and Design Award; Historical Society of Michigan Award of Merit for Distinguished Professional Service; and Michigan Museum Association Ð President’s Award for Distinguished Service to Museums. Dr. Armour was the seminar director for Smithsonian Journeys (Washington, D.C.) on Mackinac Island for several occasions, the last one being in August 2008.

He was the consultant on numerous and various projects dealing with a wide variety of archaeological and historical restorations. He was the editor of Historical Archaeology for four years in its very beginnings.

Upon his retirement in 2003, he received many honors, including the Governor Granholm’s attendance and presentation of recognition of his outstanding services to the state of Michigan; Michigan Legislature Award; and the City of Mackinac Island presented by Mayor Doud.

Along with Grace, he moved back to Grove City in 2004. As a leading authority in Colonial American History, he taught classes at Grove City College and oversaw special historical research by students. He also taught history to home-schooled neighborhood children and English to foreign exchange students. He was named adjunct professor at Grove City College in 2007. He enjoyed his fellowship at Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church and loved hosting college students in his home.

In 2008, he was honored by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, which named the Mill Creek Visitors Center in Mackinaw City, Mich., in his memory, The David A. Armour Visitors Center, on which he directed restoration, reconstruction, construction and interpretative projects from the very beginning.

He had a rich life blessed by God. He had a love for all people and was loved by many.

Family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday (5-2-10) in their home, 432 W. Washington Blvd.

Memorial services at 5:30 p.m. Monday (5-3-10) in Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Grove City; and at 4 p.m. Wednesday (5-5-10) in River Terrace Church, East Lansing, Mich.

Final internment on Mackinac Island in the spring, with services to be announced at a later date.

Arrangements by Cunningham Funeral Home Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church (outreach), 140 E. Poplar St., Grove City, PA 16127; Hmong Christian Ministry, 3400 Wainwright Ave., Lansing, MI 48911; or Mackinac Associates, Box 567, Mackinaw City, MI 49701, with donations going to Mill Creek Park.