|DATE:||August 22, 2006|
|CONTACT: ||Lisa Dry|
| ||(703) 837-8140|
In memorium - Arthur J. Armbrust, former ASTA President
Arthur J. Armbrust, 70, passed away Monday, August 21, 2006 in Hutchinson, Kansas. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 25th at the Lutheran Church in Ellsworth, Kansas at 10 o’clock a.m. There will be a viewing from 1:00- 8:00. on Thursday, August 24th.
Culminating a career in the seed industry spanning forty-five years, Art retired from Sharp Bros Seed Company, Healy, Kansas on June 30, 2003. Art enjoyed involvement in many board activities including being president of the American Seed Trade Association where he received their “honorary lifetime membership” award. Having served as president of the Kansas Seed Industry, he received their “Year 2000 Distinguished Service Award”. He also served as president of the Western Seedsmen’s Association.
Art also served as president of the Kansas/Oklahoma Section of the Society for Range Management, and as chairman of the national membership and finance committees for the society. In 1996, this international organization presented Art with their prestigious “Fellow” award.
Art was a graduate of Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas and a US Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of Hutchinson; a son, David of Hutchinson; a daughter, Cheri Hernandez of Helotes, Texas; a brother, Dr. Dean Armbrust of Manhattan; a sister, Carol Fey of Marietta, Ga.; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Ellsworth Lutheran Church, Kansas State University or the Parkinson Disease Association.
Founded in 1883, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), located in Washington, DC, is one of the oldest trade organizations in the United States. Its membership consists of about 900 companies involved in seed production and distribution, plant breeding, and related industries in North America. As an authority on plant germplasm, ASTA advocates science and policy issues of industry importance. Its mission is to enhance the development and free movement of quality seed worldwide.