Obituary: Vernon Armour

April 20, 2018
By Marcy Shortuse

Vernon Armour, 90, died of natural causes on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Vernon was born in Lake Forest, IL to Lester and Leola Stanton Armour on July 1, 1927.
He was preceded in death by his wife Linda Freeman Armour, and siblings Elizabeth Hollins, Lester Jr. and T. Stanton Armour. He is survived by his children: Linda (George) Kelly of Houston, Texas; Cynthia (Colt) Landreth of Chicago, Ill.; Vernon K. (Miah) of Green Oaks, Ill.; Gordon F. (Anne) of New Haven, Conn.; his first wife and his children’s mother, Pamela K. (Roger) Hull of Lake Forest, Ill.; grandchildren Tony (Alicia) Ward; G. Winchester (Callie), Sara and Madeline Kelly; Frances (DuBose) Williamson, Vernon J. Armour, W. Wyatt Armour; Tobias, Charlotte and Robinson Armour; and great grandchildren George and Frances Kelly.
Vernon was a life-long Lake Forest resident and attended the Bell School, playing his early sports at the Winter Club, followed by middle and high school at The St. Marks School in Southborough, Mass. Upon graduation in 1945, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. In 1947, Vernon entered Yale University where he played on the varsity hockey team.
Upon graduating, he and his wife Pamela (née Kelley) returned to Chicago, where they began their family and his business career in investment management.
For decades, Vernon was active in civic life in Chicago and Lake Forest where he held positions as a Trustee of Illinois Institute of Technology, a board member of Graceland Cemetery, and a life director of the board of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. He was also a Life Member of the Otho S. A. Sprague Foundation and an Honorary Director of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago.
Throughout his life he was a generous community member, an avid golfer, and an active member and leader of many social and sporting clubs including Onwentsia Club, Shoreacres, Old Elm Club, Cypress Point Club and Gasparilla Golf Club.
His generosity, easy-going spirit, warmth and lifelong friendship are cherished by many and will be missed by all.
Other survivors include: sister Leola Armour (Robert) Macdonald of New York City; stepson Douglas (Megan) Strubel of Oak Park, Ill., their children Claire and Benjamin Strubel; stepson Craig Strubel of Kenosha, Wis.; sisters-in-law Elizabeth “Bessie” Armour of Del Ray, Jean Armour of Boca Grande, Diana Armour of Tucson, Ariz., and a host of loving nephews, nieces, great-nephews and nieces, and great-great nephews and nieces.
Services will be held at a later date. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions in Vernon’s honor may be made to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, 1000 N. Westmoreland, Lake Forest, IL 60045. Info Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest, IL