Terrence 'Terry' Armbruster


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Terrence "Terry" D. Armbruster, 77, of Virginia Beach, Va., and formerly of Defiance, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2014, in Virginia Beach.

He was born on May 9, 1936, to Donald and Maxine (Harrig) Armbruster in Akron, Ohio. In 1956, he married Mary Ann (McCann) Armbruster and she passed away in 1996.

Terry was a marine engineer with the U.S. Navy and served as master chief petty officer, retiring in 1985. He was a member of VFW Post 3360 and a former member of the Defiance Elks, Defiance American Legion and the Napoleon American Legion. He was a fan of Ohio State and the Cleveland Indians.

Terry is survived by his sons, Terrence (Denise) Armbruster II of Virginia Beach, Va., and Douglas Armbruster of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughters, Theresa (Larry) Duerk of Defiance, Ohio, Janice (Richard) Leach of Defiance, Ohio, and Cindy (Troy) Cooley of Montpelier, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald (Pat) Armbruster of Suffield, Ohio, Robert (Judy) Armbruster of Simpsonville, S.C., Ronald (Suzy) Armbruster of Warren, Ohio, and Louis (Linda) Armbruster of Norton, Ohio; sisters, Mary Alice (Larry) Kollar of Akron, Ohio, and Ann (Jerry) Bisheimer of Akron, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Ann; brothers, August Armbruster, Tom Armbruster and Richard Armbruster; and daughters, Patricia and Mary Rita Armbruster.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, February 10, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at St. John's Catholic Church, Defiance, with Father Todd Dominique and Father Thomas J. McCann officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, with military rites being accorded by VFW Post 3360.

The family suggest memorials be made to Community Health Professionals Hospice and Hospice of Virginia Beach, as well as to St. John's Catholic Church. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.

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