Morris Herman Armbruster, 91, left this earth to enter his eternal home in heaven with his Lord, on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Morris was born at home on the family farm in Sebewaing, Michigan on May 5, 1929 to his parents, Melinda (Wagner) and Herman Arthur Armbruster. He spent his first 18 years working hard on the farm with his two brothers Roy and Edmund. He graduated from New Salem Lutheran School (8th grade) and Sebewaing High School (1947). Morris met his future wife, Mary Lou Eppler, on a blind date in Saginaw where she was a nursing student at Saginaw General. They were married on September 4th, 1954 at Zion Lutheran Church in Petoskey, Mary Lou's hometown. Morris and Mary Lou moved to Flint, where Morris completed his bachelor’s degree in business at General Motors Institute. Morris worked for Buick and although he switched his career path, he always enjoyed the various models and history of automobiles. In 1960, he entered the brokerage business with a regional brokerage firm, H.B. Shaine. He continued in financial planning with several national firms until his retirement from Smith Barney. He was well known and respected in the financial community. He loved the technical aspects of the market and found it rewarding being able to help people plan and prepare for their future.
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Morris was also very active in the church. For 16 years he served on financial and mission planning boards for the Michigan District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, planning for future church locations. He enjoyed sharing the fond memories he had from his years spent on those boards. He and Mary Lou were also active at Mt. Olive and St. Paul Lutheran Church. Morris served on the church council and finance boards.
Upon retirement, Morris and Mary Lou moved to Manistee, MI where they built a house on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan that was a welcoming home for their family and friends. Together, they enjoyed travelling to Europe and throughout the United States.
Morris was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou, his parents, in-laws, Ray and Louise Eppler, brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Clara Armbruster, brother Edmund Armbruster and brother-in-law, Clint Stroebel. Surviving are his sister-in-law, June Armbruster, brother-in-law and wife, Ray and Martha Eppler, and sister-in-law, Aileen Stroebel. Surviving children and grandchildren are Sue (Dave) Johnson, and their children, Meghan (Ryan) Akers, Joshua (Prital) Johnson, Benjamin (Ashley) Johnson, and Rebecca Johnson, Larry (Penny) Armbruster, and their children, Noah, Lauren, and Emily, Phil (Michelle) Armbruster, and their children, Eric, Tim, and Sarah, along with four great grandchildren, Elisabeth, Caleb, Lara, and Hans Akers and another coming soon!
Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Manistee, with a private interment service for family. A memorial service will be held as a celebration and thanksgiving for Morris' life on Sunday, May 30 at 2 pm at Trinity Lutheran, 5472 Fairview St., Onekama, MI. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 29 from 3-5 pm at Oak Grove Funeral Home, 309 W. Parkdale Avenue, Manistee and at 1 pm at the church, prior to the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Concordia University Ann Arbor-School of Nursing, Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, MO), Trinity Lutheran Church, Onekama - building fund, or YWAM Marine Reach (Donate to staff-Noah Armbruster).
Please share a memory with the family at www.oakgrovefh.com. Arrangements by Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Manistee.