MAY 10, 1987

Dr. John Armstrong Jr., 43, a Lewiston psychiatrist, died Sunday at Orchards Villa Nursing Center at Lewiston.  The cause of death was complications of multiple sclerosis.  He had been a patient at the nursing center since August 1981.

Armstrong had been a psychiatrist for the Idaho Mental Health Department at Lewiston from 1975 until 1980, when his illness forced him to retire.

He was born June 2, 1943 at Farmville, Va., to Dr. John W. and Margaret C. Armstrong.  The family lived at Houston, Texas until 1958, when they moved to Lewiston.  He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1961, from the University of Idaho at Moscow in 1965, and from Washington School of Medicine at St. Louis, Mo.,  in 1969.  He served his internship from 1969 to 1970 at Good Samaritan Hospital at Portland, Ore.  His residency was at Barnes Hospital at St. Louis from 1970 to 1973.    He then  was employed as a psychiatrist at Dammasch State Hospital at Portland until coming to Lewiston in 1975.

He married Mary L. Bullard at Lewiston June 11, 1966.  They were divorced in 1981.  He is survived by his father at Portland; two sisters, Sally Elliott of Seattle and Mary Unkeles of Portland; and three brothers,  Tim Armstrong of Los Angeles, Joe Armstrong of Longview, Wash., and Steve Armstrong of Honolulu, Hawaii.  His mother died previously.

Rosary will be recited Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home at Lewiston.  The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, the Rev. Andrew Schumacher officiating.  Burial will be at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.  The family suggests any memorials be to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1326 Third Street, Clarkston, Wash.,