Frank P. Armentaro

Frank P. Armentaro, 90, of Livingston, Montana, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at the Livingston HealthCare Hospital with his family at his side. Viewing will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Franzen-Davis from 2 to 5 p.m. as well as one hour before the funeral service on Wednesday. Funeral Service of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Franzen-Davis Chapel, 118 N. Third St. in Livingston. Father Navil Rodriguez will serve as Celebrant. Coffee and cake fellowship will follow the service at Franzen-Davis. We will then process to the graveside committal and burial at Calvary Cemetery, with Veteran’s Honors by Park Post #23 American Legion and Army Active Duty Honors Team.

Frank was born in Livingston, Montana, on Nov. 20, 1925, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred and Mary (Leto) Armentaro. He was educated in the Livingston schools and graduated from Park County High School in 1944.

He served in the U.S. Army from November 1948 to November 1949, serving in the U.S. and the Hawaiian Islands in basic infantry, and as a radio operator and switchboard operator. His places of employment were many and varied. He worked at the Gamble Stores as a clerk, Northern Pacific Railroad as a carman, the Livingston School District as a janitor. He also owned the Dairy Store, a small grocery store, for several years. After selling the store, he worked at the Mint Bar as a card dealer until he retired.

For 40 years he was a bass player and vocalist in his brother Louis’ western swing band, The Rhythm Ramblers, along with Oscar Bergsing, the third member of the trio. They played dances, and during the rodeo circuit they would play the saloon following the competition all over Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota. He also helped his brother Louis’ sound and announcing services. They won numerous awards with their western five-piece band.

He is survived by his brother Louis Armentaro and Louis’ wife, Donna; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Theresa; and four brothers, John (Louis twin), James, Tony and Dominic Armentaro.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Park County Senior Center, 206 S. Main St., Livingston, MT 59047. This was Frank’s favorite place to eat dinner and visit with his many friends.

Arrangements are under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be shared at www.Franzen-Davis.com.

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