Frank F. Armbrust, 92, Mandan, passed away August 13, 2016 at Baptist Health Care Center in Bismarck.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, ND with Rev. Christina Martin officiating. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post #707 and American Legion Post #40 following the funeral service.
Visitation will be held from 3:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Frank was born to George and Elizabeth (Miller) Armbrust on April 19, 1924 on the family farm northeast of Belfield, ND. As a young man he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943. On January 3, 1948 Frank married the love of his life Shirley Egly. Together they ranched northwest of Belfield until 1980, at which time he moved to Fort Rice and ranched there until 2008 before moving to Mandan. Frank took pride in his cattle. He raised Herefords and later Black Angus. He enjoyed calving season and riding to check the herd. Holidays, family gatherings and branding were always favorite events. Frank was elected to the Billings County School Board and served as President. He also served on the Billings County Selective Service Board, and has been a member of the William C Blair Post #144 Belfield, ND and the Mandan American Legion. He was a life time member of the ND Team Penning Association.
Frank was outgoing and social, would tip his hat and open a door like the good ole cowboys used to do. He enjoyed a good cup of coffee while visiting with friends and family. He also loved to play pinochle, whist, and other card games especially with his grandchildren. Frank and Shirley traveled throughout the United States and enjoyed stopping at feed lots and checking out the crops on their way to Arizona for the winter months. A favorite quote of his was “Whether I’ve had a good or bad day, I like to end my day with a smile”
Frank will be deeply missed by his daughters, Carol (Thomas) Alesi, TN, Bonnie (Roger Meschke) Armbrust, and Marlene (Steve) Tveito, both of Mandan, ND, Connie O’Brien, Belfield, ND and Tammy (Gregory) Metz, Roseville CA; son, Dennis (Rocky) Armbrust, Dickinson, ND; sister, Bertha (Bob) Makolin, Lake Linden, MI; brothers, Joe Armbrust, Dickinson, ND, George Armbrust, Bowman, ND, and Edward (Sherri) Armbrust, Cedar Rapids, IA; sister-in-law, MaryAnn Armbrust, Fargo, ND; 18 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley who passed away on December 16, 2012; daughter, Darlene Armbrust; son, Ronald (Bucky) Armbrust; 1 granddaughter, Dea O’Brien, 1 grandson, Jason Petraskiewchz: sisters and brothers-in-law, Magdeline (Albert) Heiser and Anna Marie (Ray) Kilen and one brother Marcus Armbrust.