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Richard James Armour

July 20, 1941 — July 15, 2022



Maj. (RET) Richard (Rick) James Armour, a 22-year veteran of the United States Army, entered into eternal rest on Friday, July 15, 2022 in El Paso, Texas. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

A longtime resident of El Paso, Rick was born in Brooklyn, NY, on July 20, 1941, the eldest son of Samuel and May Armour. He grew up in White Plains, NY. And is a graduate of White Plains H.S. and New York University.

Richard met the love of his life, Eileen, on a blind date, while attending a New York University Military Ball on December 14, 1962. They were engaged two months later and were married February 20, 1966. They spent 56 years together traveling the world and building their family. Rick worked as an Air Defense officer throughout his career in the Army, and served honorably in Vietnam during 1968, as well as tours in Korea and in Germany, where he was attached to NATO.

After retiring from the Army in 1985, Rick began his second career as an economics and world geography teacher at J.M. Hanks High School. Upon retiring after 21 years as a teacher, Rick began his third career as a volunteer and docent at the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, an organization to which he was dedicated, where he served on the board of directors as well on the Content and Education Committees.


Rick is preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Sheri Armour Cohen; his parents Samuel Armour and May Armour Glazer; and his brother, Lawrence Armour. He is survived by his wife Eileen Ruth Armour, his sons Barry Lewis Armour and Stephen Adam Armour; his son-in-law Jon Cohen and grandsons Benjamin Cohen and Sam Cohen, as well as his great-granddaughter Mia Cohen. He is also survived by many extended family and friends to cherish and honor his memory.

A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 11:00am, at Congregation B’nai Zion, 805 Cherry Hill Ln, El Paso, TX 79912.

 A Graveside Service will follow on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 11:15am, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to El Paso Holocaust Museum or Congregation B’nai Zion.

Those who cannot attend in person may join the funeral service virtually on Facebook Live at (no account is needed). Services are entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 N. Resler Dr.





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Funeral Service

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Congregation B'nai Zion Cemetery

805 Cherry Hill Lane, El Paso, TX 79912

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Graveside Service

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Starts at 11:15 am (Mountain time)

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209

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