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John A. “Jerry” Armbruster

JOHN A. “JERRY” ARMBRUSTER, age 85, beloved husband for 65 years of Frances (nee Rohacs); loving father of Russell, Janet O’Hara, M.D.,  (husband Mark), Mary Kay McGillivray (husband Carl), Richard (wife Janel), Chris (wife Melinda),  David (wife Carolyn) and the late Steven; devoted grandfather of 15 and great-grandfather of 4; cherished son of the late Walter and Marie (nee Waschura); dearest brother of  Jean Gagnon (husband James), and the late Richard (wife  Rose deceased); dear brother-in-law, uncle and great-uncle of many. U.S. Air Force Veteran.

Jerry was born on October 31, 1936 and died peacefully on February 18, 2022. Jerry spent the past two and a half years living in Chardon but prior to that he resided in Newbury and Chesterland. He was an active member of St. Noel Catholic Church since 1983.

He graduated from Wickliffe High School in 1954 and attended Case Institute of Technology where he earned his undergraduate degree. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Oklahoma State University and MBA from Case Western Reserve University.  He served proudly as a Captain in the United States Air Force. He would eventually serve as the Vice President of Long Range Planning as an engineer for TRW.

Jerry enjoyed studying genealogy and playing cards, especially bridge, pinochle and poker. Jerry loved trees and spending time outdoors in nature, particularly at his family retreat in Homeworth, OH. Jerry took great joy in dancing, he was particularly fond of polkas and listening to the music of Neil Diamond.

Jerry was hospitable and outgoing. He was hardworking and served as a mentor for many. He was funny with a wry sense of humor. Jerry was devoted to his faith and his family and will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Jerry to the Munson Fire Department, 12200 Auburn Rd, Chardon, OH 44024 or the St. Noel Catholic Church Social Justice Committee, 35200 Chardon Road Willoughby Hills, OH 44094. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 26, 2022 at St. Noel Catholic Church at 10 AM. Burial following with Military Honors at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Jerry at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) FRIDAY  3-8 PM.


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