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Jim Armbruster

March 19, 1950 — February 5, 2024

James "Jim" Armbruster, aged 73, of Wauneta, Nebraska, passed away on February 5, 2024, near Wallace, Nebraska, due to an auto accident.

Jim was born on March 19, 1950, in Ogallala, Nebraska, to Archie James and Loretta (Deen) Armbruster. His early years were spent on a farm southeast of Big Springs before moving to Grant in 1967. He was a proud graduate of Perkins County High School with the class of 1968.

Following high school, Jim honorably served his country in the U.S. Army, achieving the distinguished rank of an Army Ranger. His service took him to Vietnam and Korea. Following his discharge, Jim returned to his roots to farm south of Grant, where he and his first wife, Shirley Baker, made their home and welcomed two children, Craig and Jamie.

In 2005, Jim married Nikki Bang, a longtime friend, expanding his family to include a stepson, Doug Tillman.

Jim's life was characterized by his love for his country, his fondness for golf and fishing, and a notable affection for classic cars, particularly his '67 Chevelle.

Jim was fiercely loyal to family and friends and had a profound love for his grandkids, who brought immense joy to his life.

Jim was a longtime member of the Moose Club, Eagles, and VFW. Jim's passing leaves a void in the hearts of many who will remember him as a deeply loving man, a patriot, and a loyal friend.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Nikki of Wauneta; children, Jamie (Chris) Bartels of Council Bluffs IA, Craig Armbruster of Kearney; stepson, Doug (Pam) Tillman of Wood River; grandchildren, Noah, Nathan, and Clara; a sister, Teresa Schimmer of North Platte, and her children, Jacki Jones, Robin Foran, Josh (Chloe) Schimmer; along with many other relatives and friends.

Memorials are suggested to the Keith County Veteran's Organizations or the VFW in Imperial in memory of Jim. Condolences may be shared at bullocklongfuneralhome.com, where the services will be streamed live. The family requests casual dress in honor of Jim. 

Services will be on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 10:00 am at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Ceciliah Igweta officiating. Interment with military honors by the Keith County Veteran's Organization will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Grant.

Memorial book signing will be on Monday, from 2 pm until 5 pm, at the Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant.

Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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Memorial Book Signing for Jim Armbruster

Monday, February 12, 2024

2:00 - 5:00 pm (Mountain time)

Bullock-Long Funeral Home

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Funeral for Jim Armbruster

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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Grant United Methodist Church

Warren Ave, Grant, NE 69140

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