Armendariz was the publisher and editor of Hispania News, a regional newspaper that was printed in both English and Spanish.
Viewing is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10. A rosary mass is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 with a reception hosted by Cinco de Mayo Inc. from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Penrose Library’s Carnegie Reading Room at 20 N. Cascade Ave.
Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, with a reception to follow. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Angelus Chapel Funeral Directors, 1104 S. Circle Dr., Colorado Springs.
The family is requesting donations be made to a scholarship in Armendariz’s name. Make checks payable to El Cinco de Mayo Inc. and in the memo area indicate “Robert L. Armendariz Scholarship Fund.” Mail to El Cinco de Mayo, Inc. P.O. Box 17373,Colorado Springs, CO 80935-7373 Attention: Carmen Abeyta
Armendariz was born Sept. 8, 1942, in Sugar City, Colo. He graduated from Sugar City High School in 1960 and attended Otero Junior College on athletic scholarships. He served in the U.S. Army for more than 20years and retired as a military intelligence solider at Fort Carson.
He established Hispania News 25 years ago and became a tireless advocate for veterans, farmers, immigrants, Latinos and all Coloradans. He was past president of the Colorado Springs Press Assocition and most recently served on the boards of the Colorado Springs Red Cross and Life Skills Centers of Colorado Springs.
He is survived by children: James D. Armendáriz, Oxnard, Calif; and Roberta (Albert) Madrid, Mesa, Ariz.; siblings: Mary Lou (Richard) Martinez, Alpharetta, Ga., Arthur Armendáriz, Pueblo, Colo, John David Armendáriz, Louisville, Colo. Theresa (John) Marquez , Arvada Colo. , Sami Armendáriz, Colorado Springs, Daniel Armendáriz, Denver, and Lori (Patrick) Harrington, Niceville, Fla.; grandchildren: James David and Sean Armendáriz.