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Michael Armentrout
  • March 28, 1941
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  • June 10, 2019

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Michael Keith Armentrout, 78

 

Tavares, Florida – Keith Armentrout passed away on June 10, 2019 at the AdventHealth Waterman Hospital in Tavares, Florida surrounded by his loving wife and children.

Keith was born on March 28, 1941 in Webster Springs, West Virginia, the son of Claude and Orva Armentrout. In 1951, he moved to North Lima, Ohio, with his family and attended South Range High School where he played football and boxed. Keith moved to Columbiana in 1970 and served with the fire department as a volunteer for many years.

He was an incredibly hard-working and kind, compassionate man who cared for and loved his family and friends deeply.  He also had a great sense of humor and a passion for horse racing and politics.  His life was greatly influenced by a sincere appreciation for education and a great sense of adventure. 

He began his career employed with the Ohio Turnpike before attending college for mechanical engineering. He subsequently worked as a mechanical engineer in the steel industry for over 40 years, often traveling all over the world. 

While working in China, he met his wife of 22 years, Lou Jing.  They were married in Shanghai in 1997 and moved to Florida in 1999 with their son, Samual.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Lou Jing Armentrout; his sons, Samual Armentrout and Michael Armentrout; his daughter, Michele Davidson and her husband, Terry Davidson; four grandchildren; several cousins; and many close friends. 

Two sisters, Jan Leffler and Roseanne Barry, and a brother, Monty Armentrout, are deceased.

Per Keith’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or public services.


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  1. 14 Oct 2019
    lou armentrout says:
    hi, honey
    you will not believe.... today is our baby son Sam, 1st day of orientation at Lake county fire department. and yes, he is officially firefighter and EMT. i know if you will be so proud of him and want to hear all about his job description and benefits. Sam asked me to look through his benefits and they are amazing; just like mine when i worked for health department. and he will be making very decent wages and retirement. I can't thank you enough to raise him to a successful man and a wonderful citizen just like his dad, you....i miss you terribly and every time, i think of you and make me cry over and over.

  2. 14 Oct 2019
    lou armentrout lit a candle:
    Lit since October 14, 2019 at 10:16:37 PM

  3. 25 Jul 2019
    Lou Armentrout says:
    Happy Our Love Anniversary today 7/25 and I will never forget today which was the happiest day in my life.

  4. 21 Jul 2019
    Lou Armentrout lit a candle:
    Lit since July 21, 2019 at 7:07:25 AM

  5. 11 Jul 2019
    Jeanne Tararaina Banta says:
    To Keith, husband to my dearest friend Lou Jing,

    May your transition be smooth.

    when we met that one afternoon at the lake house with Lou Jing, I knew we would always get along because I recognized in you and in your heart that you were a very loving man.
    I can recall you when we were all sitting and visiting at the kitchen counter and when I caught you watching Lou Jing speaking over the phone to someone. I saw in your eyes and on your sweet face, you were smiling with pride. You would look back at me so I would knowledge how proud you were of your wife. You were so admirative of Lou Jing, right at that very moment, I knew you were a very good man who walks his talk. It was so beautiful to see how much you loved your wife so very much.
    Keith, you do give us women a great sense of hope! lol

    During our visit, I also sensed that the Love you had in your heart was genuine and so immense that your generousity would have even driven you to care and weep with the afflicted ones. The world news mattered to you. You followed it so closely wanting to always know that everyone would be happy and well cared for in life.

    Your family was fortunate to have had you in their life during these many years and so were we, friends of the family, even if it was for a very short time.

    You seemed to care about everything. You cared for the well being of the whole world, for the People of your Country you told me, you loved so very dearly.
    In our talks, I also remember you speaking very highly of the Chinese People and their culture, how you loved them and cared so much for their safety.

    Today I imagine you sharing this love for eternity with the whole universe.
    You left this World but not really. You went on to do greater things.
    I know this World and this Universe will be a better place because of you watching over all of us from your heavenly Refuge.
    Thank you for your Love and for the hospitality you have shown to me when I visited you in your home here on the Lake in Tavares Florida.

    My sincere condolences to my very dear friend Lou Jing, to your Son, your Parents and to Keith's children and family,
    You all have my deepest sympathy.

  6. 29 Jun 2019
    Lou Armentrout posted an image:
    Honey, please take your favorite truck with you and I know you loved driving this truck .
    Honey, please take your favorite truck with you and I know you loved driving this truck .

  7. 29 Jun 2019
    Baipidi Edwards posted an image:
    Sammy's basketball game.
    Sammy's basketball game.

  8. 29 Jun 2019
    Baipidi Edwards lit a candle:
    Lit since June 29, 2019 at 6:13:04 AM

  9. 29 Jun 2019
    Baipidi Edwards says:
    My dearest friend Keith,
    You are free,following the path chosen for you. You left a big void in our hearts. We will fill that void with remembered joys, a friendship shared and many laughs as you wished.
    Your life was full. You savored many good friends and many good times.
    May your memories live forever in our hearts.
    May your loving soul rest in eternal peace my dear friend.
    Baipidi ??????

  10. 28 Jun 2019
    Lou Armentrout lit a candle:
    Lit since June 28, 2019 at 6:38:46 AM

  11. 28 Jun 2019
    Lou Armentrout posted an image:
    To my dear husband, I just found out I uploaded this but was never sent to you before you were admitted to the hospital; please allow me to read this to you today. I love you and love you forever
    To my dear husband, I just found out I uploaded this but was never sent to you before you were admitted to the hospital; please allow me to read this to you today. I love you and love you forever

  12. 27 Jun 2019
    Ra Rodrigue lit a candle:
    Lit since June 27, 2019 at 6:01:47 PM

  13. 26 Jun 2019
    Lou Armentrout says:
    To my dear husband, today, I need your support, telling me I can do this with all my strengths without doubt.

  14. 25 Jun 2019
    Lou Armentrout says:
    To my dear husband, if you can hear me, please answer you question, clearing my doubts and uncertainty. Did your pain and discomfort relief with more joys in heaven with all the people you loved and loved you?i hope you are in peace and surrounded by many loves??????

  15. 24 Jun 2019
    Ra Rodrigue lit a candle:
    Lit since June 24, 2019 at 6:51:33 PM

  16. 23 Jun 2019
    Lou Armentrout lit a candle:
    Lit since June 23, 2019 at 6:06:09 AM

  17. 22 Jun 2019
    Lou Jing Armentrout posted an image:
    To my dear husband, thank you for study English with me together 23 years ago; we went over the English- Chinese Dictionary
    To my dear husband, thank you for study English with me together 23 years ago; we went over the English- Chinese Dictionary

  18. 22 Jun 2019
    Lou Jing Armentrout posted an image:
    You loved TiKi West in Tavares
    You loved TiKi West in Tavares

  19. 22 Jun 2019
    Lou Jing Armentrout posted an image:
    Our last Christmas together and you always wants have some small gifts to open, liked a little kid
    Our last Christmas together and you always wants have some small gifts to open, liked a little kid

  20. 21 Jun 2019
    Lou Armentrout posted an image:
    My dear husband, you always enjoyed our boat dock; taken 12/2018
    My dear husband, you always enjoyed our boat dock; taken 12/2018

  21. 20 Jun 2019
    Lou Jing Armentrout lit a candle:
    Lit since June 20, 2019 at 6:15:18 PM

  22. 20 Jun 2019
    Lou Jing Armentrout says:
    This was our last dinner together in Tavares Tiki West. I sheltered you from any possible bacteria and virus; still, COPD and cancer took you away from me; I blamed my self didn’t take care of you enough; you were so vulnerable and unable to make a sound medical decision and always ask my opinion. I am so sorry, my dear husband, I couldn’t protect you and I let you down

  23. 20 Jun 2019
    Ra Rodrigue lit a candle:
    Lit since June 20, 2019 at 6:44:53 PM

  24. 19 Jun 2019
    Lou Armentrout says:
    To my wonderful husband: today we United again after9 days being apart. You looked so peaceful, no more suffering, pain and depriving for oxygen. I got an opportunity to touch your face and just like yesterday we were so close to hear each other’s breath. My life is so empty without you now and lost all the meaningfulness. But I wish you my dear husband to be in peace forever. I love you with all my heart ??

  25. 19 Jun 2019
    Lou Armentrout lit a candle:
    Lit since June 19, 2019 at 6:20:08 PM

  26. 18 Jun 2019
    Ra Rodrigue lit a candle:
    Lit since June 18, 2019 at 6:28:30 PM

  27. 18 Jun 2019
    Marianne Mazza lit a candle:
    Lit since June 18, 2019 at 6:01:19 PM

  28. 17 Jun 2019
    Otis Edwards says:
    I've known you for only a short time but the impact you made on me will last a lifetime. You are the kindest and most genuine person I know. Rest well my friend

  29. 17 Jun 2019
    Regna (Gregory) Harrison says:
    Lou, Sam, Michael and Michelle, my thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow. my last visit with Keith and Lou, Keith played a song by the Seekers with this lyric "I know I'll never find another you". That song keeps going through my head. Cuz, you were one of a kind Now you are with Monty, Gary and Don, must be a card game going on....love and miss you all.

  30. 16 Jun 2019
    Lou Armentrout says:
    To my dear husband: it was so hard to seeing/ watching you suffer in breathing, abdominal pain, nausea/ vomiting and other illnesses which knocked you down. But you always tells me how beautiful I am and how much you love me, and forever. You were such an amazing dad, husband and son- in- law. You guided our family and poured strong foundation for everyone. My lifetime soul mate and husband, I love you forever and I miss you every minute, hour and day. I will continue carry on your mission for our family. Today is Father’s Day, please allow me to honor an amazing dad and husband in this special day??????

  31. 16 Jun 2019
    Lou Jing Armentrout lit a candle:
    Lit since June 16, 2019 at 6:22:49 AM

  32. 16 Jun 2019
    Lou Jing Armentrout says:
    To my amazing husband: you were the best father and husband we can ever ask for. You were kind, strict but understanding in many ways. I am so lucky to have you as my soul mate who guided, comforted and consulted me through my life, career and education. Without you, I would have not made it and the foundation you have poured for the family will be beneficial for ever, you will be always in my heart and I will love you forever??????

  33. 15 Jun 2019
    Donna Kemp says:
    It's these moments, brief and fleeting, out of hurt and desperation, you want the world to stop. Just Stop.
    You want this world to understand what has been lost. You want the life that has left to be celebrated in every possible way.
    My brain knows, he no longer suffers. My brain knows that he has moved beyond this life. Oh, but it's the heart that can't escape the reality. Until we meet again, my friend. Until we meet again.

  34. 15 Jun 2019
    Becky Dantone says:
    Keith, we will miss you, your many stories, the memory of happy times. I will always remember when Rose and I were planning to go out for the evening and you were playing cards with other family members. We stopped by the table to say good-bye and both of us saw an inch worm going along your left shoulder. We pointed at the same time, without saying anything. Before we could say something, you upset the table, yelling things at us, sending cards everywhere. I'm laughing now as I write this because I can remember the panic look on your face, and the many choice words you had for us...……… Keith you are missed.

  35. 15 Jun 2019
    Michele Davidson says:
    Tanya and I visited Dad in February of this year as the photo shows. We sat on the boat deck and enjoyed a wonderful, sunny day reminiscing about all the good times. Tanya and I did not know that it would be the last time to be with him. We are so glad we made the effort to go to Florida. He so enjoyed that we came down and always welcomed us with open arms. He loved his wife,children,family and friends. He will be truly missed by everyone. A kind,generous,and caring man. He will be an angel watching over us with his mother, father, and siblings. Rest in peace Dad.

  36. 15 Jun 2019
    Michael Armentrout says:
    Thank you Dad
    For Always being
    There for us. You
    Were always helpful in every way. We will surely
    Miss you.
    You are my HERO
    ? ? ?
    LOVE ALWAYS
    Michael.?
    Shirley ?

  37. 15 Jun 2019
    Ralph Gregory says:
    Love and prayers to all. I will miss my cousin Keith. Last time I saw him was at a family reunion in WVA where we talked of old times and laughed together. ??

  38. 15 Jun 2019
    Laura says:
    Keith, you are a wonderful man, husband and father. Loved our coffee time and great conversations. Families hanging out having fun are just a small portion of the time you touched our lives. Your insight and wisdom were appreciated; your encouragement to your family and others was admirable. May you rest in peace and be the guardian angel to your family. Love you, Laura and Andy

  39. 13 Jun 2019
    Tanya Davidson posted an image:
    My grandfather was a kind and giving man who loved his family dearly and valued education and hard-work.  I was always fascinated hearing about his times abroad.  Seeing what he accomplished gave me the belief early in life that anything was possible if I studied and worked hard.  He also showed me that true love is real.  I hope I can be blessed to experience the love he and Lou have for each other.  I cherish the time I had with him and hold those memories close.
    My grandfather was a kind and giving man who loved his family dearly and valued education and hard-work. I was always fascinated hearing about his times abroad. Seeing what he accomplished gave me the belief early in life that anything was possible if I studied and worked hard. He also showed me that true love is real. I hope I can be blessed to experience the love he and Lou have for each other. I cherish the time I had with him and hold those memories close.

  40. 13 Jun 2019
    Michele Davidson posted an image:
    Keith with his daughter Michele and granddaughter Tanya February 2019.
    Keith with his daughter Michele and granddaughter Tanya February 2019.

  41. 13 Jun 2019
    Gene Leffler and family says:
    So sorry to hear Keith passed away. Keith was my best man when Janice and I were married. I know he has had medical problems for many years. My you be at peace for ever.

  42. 13 Jun 2019
    Gene Leffler and family lit a candle:
    Lit since June 13, 2019 at 6:39:33 PM

  43. 13 Jun 2019
    Margaret D wagner says:
    I was in junior high with Keith. I had a crush on him. It's so sad to hear of his passing. He was always kind and liked to kid around. I'm sure he will be sadly missed by his family. Sending prayers to his family and friends. RIP Keith.

  44. 13 Jun 2019
    ROGER ALCORN says:
    You were a good friend and protector for me during school and I never forgot. Rest in peace and prayers for your family. Roger Alcorn

  45. 13 Jun 2019
    TSV9 says:
    Sorry for you loss

  46. 13 Jun 2019
    Taffy says:
    Condolences from the Bosley Family.

  47. 13 Jun 2019
    Sharon Skidmore says:
    I am sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. Prayers for the family. I am glad I was able to visit with him on my last visit to Florida.

  48. 13 Jun 2019
    Mary Ammerman says:
    Rest In Peace Keith! You will be missed! Every time I hear the words San Francisco I think of you! That was always your nickname for me!!!!! Love you, Mary

  49. 13 Jun 2019
    Aarti koilpillai lit a candle:
    Lit since June 13, 2019 at 6:07:19 PM

  50. 13 Jun 2019
    Aarti Koilpillai says:
    In the short time that we have known you Keith , you were a sweet and gentle soul! You were so loving to Lou and I knew you were a good man ! God Bless you ! May you RiP.

    With Respect ,
    Rob and Aarti Koilpillai

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