Ronald H.D. Armbruster

Ronald H.D. Armbruster Battle Creek Ronald H.D. Armbruster, age 95, of Battle Creek, died Sunday, November 25, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Hospice Residence. Ronald was born, February 21, 1917 in Sanborn, Minnesota to Fred J. and Mary D. (Dammann) Armbruster and was a 1934 graduate of the Sanborn Public Schools and was first in his class. Ronald came to Battle Creek in 1962 from Philadelphia. Ronald served with the occupational forces of the US Army in Japan until 1947. He began his studies in mechanical engineering at the University of Cincinnati and received his Bachelor of Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1957. Ronald had been employed by the Ault & Wiborg Co. of Cincinnati, the Wright Aeronautics Co., Black Clawson Co. of Hamilton, Ohio, the Continental Can Co. in Chicago and Newark, the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Co., the Crown Cork and Seal Co. and retired in 1979 after 17 years of service for the E.W. Bliss Co. of Hastings, Michigan, and then worked for the Vermont Marble Co. until 1982. Ronald was a Past President of the Battle Creek Engineering Society, Past President of the Michigan Engineering Society, a member of the Urbandale Planning Council, past Chairperson of the Battle Creek Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, a member of the Tau Beta Pi National Honor Society and a member of the First Congregational Church. Ronald held an engineering license in Ohio and held seven engineering patents. Ronald traveled extensively in his work, he worked in Russia, Poland, Germany, England, Australia, Africa, Japan, China, Mexico, France, Puerto Rico, Canada, Hawaii and South America. Ronald became a licensed pilot at the age of 79; he also enjoyed music and played trombone in a Big Band. Ronald is survived by his daughters, Judy Cottrell of Wyoming, Michigan and Debra Noha of Edwards, CO, a son, Ronald Bliss of Anchorage, AK., six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, a brother, Willard Armbruster, of South Dakota and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen M. Cummins, in 1968 and Ella A. Tyler, in 1992, and brothers, Morris and Floyd Armbruster. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, 223 N. Bedford Rd. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the First Congregational Church or the Good Samaritan Hospice. Please visit Ronald's web page at

Funeral Home

Bachman Hebble Funeral Service
223 Bedford Rd N Battle Creek, MI 49037
(269) 965-5145

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Nov. 27, 2012