Dec. 6, 1928 — April 6, 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018
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Armon Eggen returns home

Friday, July 27, at noon, Armon Eggen will be laid to rest beside his parents, Oscar Bernard and Fay (Howland) at the Rosebud Cemetery in Absarokee. Community members are invited to attend if they would like to join in this final farewell. Armon passed away April 6 in Kent, Wash., where he lived near his daughters Kathryn Denninghoff and Paula Eide. His funeral was held in Issaquah, Wash., April 16, 2018.

Armon’s grandfather, Ole Eggen, homesteaded the Eggen Ranch, which was later passed to Armon’s uncle, Sigard Eggen, who maintained it throughout his life.

Armon was born in Livingston, Dec. 6, 1928. Dad’s mother, Fay, was a homemaker and his father worked for the U.S. Park Service at Yellowstone and later in Sequoia National Parks. His father suffered a debilitating stroke and the family moved back to Absarokee, Mont., where his mother then supported the family by working on the Eggen Ranch and his father passed on.

His mother later married Arnold Howland, of Absarokee. Armon spoke fondly of growing up in Absarokee, of skating on the frozen river in the winter, and fishing in the summer. He made pocket money from his minnow farm, and he was a projectionist at the Elted Theater.

Armon graduated from Absarokee High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Montana State in electrical engineering. He married Geraldine Pace from Bozeman, received a Naval commission, and was stationed in San Diego.

Later, as a civilian, he worked for General Dynamics on the Atlas, Centaur, Minuteman, and Tomahawk missile booster systems. In 1984, he lost his wife Geraldine suddenly to a cerebral hemorrhage.

He eventually remarried a nurse from San Diego named Emily Gayman, retired from General Dynamics after 27 years of service, and they moved to Bishop, Calif., the high desert of the Sierra Nevada. He moved to Kent, Wash., after Emily passed in 2016.

Armon was an avid camper, fisherman, an accomplished (Hobie Cat) sailor, backpacker, gardener, and radio-controlled airplane pilot.

He will be remembered by his family by his many acts of goodness and industry he demonstrated throughout his lifetime and the loving son, husband, brother, and father that he was.

Armon is survived by his sister Anita (Jim) Ragsdale; daughters Kathryn (Scott) Denninghoff and Paula (Daniel) Eide-Eggen; grandchildren Karoline and Kristina Clark, Kyle, Kelly and Nicholas Eide; great-granddaughters Kai’ea Lana and Kawai Duycuycuy; step-daughters Jennifer (Richard) Sittel and Teresa Pearce; step-grandchildren Logan (Gwen), Megan, Lenora, Melissa Denninghoff, and Jacqueline (Tristan) Engler; step-great -grandson Gabriel Denninghoff.