Bill Armstrong, Early FWD Competitor, Has Passed

The WPI/NTPA office has been notified of the passing on Friday, September 16 of William E. Armstrong, 78, of Wauseon, Ohio. Mr. Armstrong was a Four-Wheel-Drive Truck competitor ("Salt Shaker") in the formative years of the division and was influential in the early careers of fellow Wauseon pullers Gerry Baldwin ("Pepper Shaker") and Paul Holman ("4 Play").

Mr. Armstrong farmed grain and beef cattle on his Oak Shade, Ohio property. In later years, his hobby became retrofitting sport-utility vehicles with Duramax diesel engines.

Mr. Armstrong is survived by his wife Sandra, sons J.R. (Lilly) and Brian (Stacie), daughters Beth (Mark) Cordrey and Amy (David) Bliss, 13 grandchildren, sisters Dorothy (Carl) Lorenz, Lue (Don) Hostetler, and Carol (Dave) Niese, and brother Clair (Dyann) Armstrong.

Visitation for Mr. Armstrong's family and friends is scheduled for Friday, September 23 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the West Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church, 18354 U.S. 20A, Wauseon, Ohio 43567. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Dunkard Brethren Youth Retreat. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Our thoughts are with Sandra and the Armstrong family.