Sheriff Lynn C. Armentrout

Sheriff Lynn C. Armentrout, 81, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Friday, August 18, 2023 surrounded by his loving family.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 11 AM at Riverton United Methodist Church, 55 East Strasburg Road, Front Royal with Sammy Campbell officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Strasburg.

Sheriff Armentrout was born on June 17, 1942 in Oakton, Virginia to the late Nelson and Ella Makeley Armentrout.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, Roy Timothy Armentrout and sister-in-law, Joyce Armentrout.  He graduated from Strasburg High School class of 1960 and attended Lord Fairfax Community College. He retired from the Warren County Sheriff Department in 2003 and prior to his tenure as Sheriff, he spent ten years at the Front Royal Police Department where he rose to the rank of sergeant.  He was a very active member of the Front Royal and Warren County community with many memberships, awards and positions including past president of the Front Royal Jaycees, lifetime member of Warren County Fair, past president of Virgina State Sheriff Association, past president of the Fraternal Order of Police, member of Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department, past president and member of Community Church Bowling League, first commissioner of the Women’s Softball Team, coach for Front Royal Little League and Softball League, member of Front Royal Rotary Club, he organized and was the first commissioner of the Front Royal Soccer League, he initiated both the D.A.R.E. program and the Bicycle Rodeo for Warren County Schools, he organized the Warren County Senior Citizens Call-In Program, was awarded the Elliott Marshall Community Service Award in 1993, and was named Outstanding Young Man of Virginia in 1975 and America in 1976.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Jane Armentrout of Front Royal; son, Blue Ajay (Christina) of Texas; daughter, Kathy Lynn Armentrout of Front Royal; brother, Bill Armentrout of Maurertown, Virginia; sister, Joan Roadcap of Woodstock, Virginia and grandson, Sebastian Armentrout of Front Royal.

Pallbearers will be Allen Sibert, Jim Haffer, Frank Horan, Ricky Armentrout, Connie Bailey and Kahle Magalis.

Honorary pallbearers will be present and past employees of the Warren County Sheriff Department.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 from 6 to 8 PM at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

  18 comments for “Sheriff Lynn C. Armentrout

  1. Nancy Hively
    August 21, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    Lynn was a very kind man. He will be missed by many.
    prayers for family and friends.

    • Joan Stevens Johnson
      August 22, 2023 at 1:58 am

      I am so heartbroken for Lynn’s family and friends. He was such a wonderful man and asset to the community and a good friend to my father. Prayers to all.

  2. Vickie Williamson Seal
    August 21, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    Lynn was a great guy. When I worked for the county he loved to pull pranks on me by taping my pens to my desk. He had an infectious smile. Lynn was an asset to our community and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with MaryJane and his family.

  3. John W. Jones, Executive Director of the Virginia Sheriffs' Association
    August 21, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    Lynn was a true gentleman and respected by sheriffs from across Virginia. He served with distinction as president of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association and is remembered as a kind, trustworthy shining example of integrity and professionalism.

  4. Steve Goldizen
    August 21, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    RIP Sheriff’s Armentrout, I was glad to served under you, a great leader. My prayers are with you and your family. You will be miss by The citizens of Warren County.

  5. Debbie Henry
    August 21, 2023 at 10:52 pm

    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    With Sympathy

  6. Butch & Boo Campbell
    August 21, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    Our sympathies and prayers for comfort and peace. The Front Royal community had a strong official under Mr. Armentrout ‘s watch and we were fortunate to have his leadership
    and professionalism.

  7. Shirley (Morris) Wenzel
    August 22, 2023 at 2:08 am

    MaryJane and family, So Sorry.. of the finest men I have known, loved by all who knew him. A Wonderful Sherriff,so good for our community.
    We used to have the best times bowling on the church league lots yrs ago.
    Prayers and love to all the family.

  8. Kevin Windle
    August 22, 2023 at 7:55 am

    There is a new bright star in the Heavens now.
    RIP Sheriff Armentrout.I first knew him as my Little League baseball coach,then later as my boss.It was my pleasure to work for him.
    Warren County has lost a good man and a great Sheriff.
    Condolences to Sheriff Armentrout’s family.

  9. August 22, 2023 at 8:30 am

    Lynn was truly a wonderful man. Have known him and Mary Jane for years. Prayers to Mary Jane and family. He will be missed!!

  10. Teresa Cross
    August 22, 2023 at 9:21 am

    Sheriff Armentrout was a great sheriff and person. It was an honor to serve under his leadership during my years at Warren County Sheriff’s Office. He loved his family and the citizens he served for so many years. He will be missed. Peace and comfort are my prayer for his family.

  11. Edie Crook
    August 22, 2023 at 10:58 am

    My condolences and prayers .
    One of the best Sheriff’s we had . Also enjoyed playing softball with him and team.

  12. Linda Athey
    August 22, 2023 at 6:43 pm

    Our love and prayers are with the family. Mary Jane and Kathy, we know what a loss this is to you. We remember the fun times in softball and scouts. Lynn was always around and supportive and will be missed.
    God Bless you during this sad time,
    Linda and Angie (Cooper) Athey

  13. Hope WINES
    August 23, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    My deepest sympathies to family and friends. Prayers for peace in their hearts and strength to face the coming days.

    This man of integrity and service will be missed but not forgotten. RIP Sheriff Armentrout.

  14. Ajeta Keller
    August 24, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    Always quiet and with a grin. Sympathy to family and community. RIP Lynn

  15. Ellen Renalds Sturdivant
    August 25, 2023 at 11:46 am

    My prayers and thoughts are with Lynn’s family. He will be very much missed.

  16. Jeb Hockman
    August 25, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    I am so sorry to learn of Sheriff Armentrout’s passing. He and my father, the late Paul Hockman, were very good friends and in fact, Dad encouraged Sheriff Armentrout to run for the office. He was an even-keeled and kind person who led by example and contributed so much to many organizations in Front Royal and Warren County. I wish that I could have introduced our son to him as he is a Deputy Sheriff in Chesterfield County. May the Peace of Jesus be with his family.

  17. Harold Shank, III
    September 2, 2023 at 7:44 pm

    He was a great man, a true American hero. Look at our Sheriffs dept now and look back to Lynn’s time: no comparison. In any case, may God the most High, grant patience for the family during this most difficult times. We are all mourning. Mourning for his presence

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