302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Charles Thomas Armbruster, Jr.

Charles Thomas Armbruster, Jr., age 70, died peacefully on June 25, 2019. He was born in Scranton, PA in 1949 to Margaret (Gallagher) and Charles Armbruster.

Chuck was a 1968 graduate of Claymont High School. He was a proud United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired from Edgemoor Dupont after 32 years of service.

Chuck was very active in the community; American Legion Post 18, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 18, VFW Post 5447, Vietnam Veterans and Del Vets Post 1. He was the State Commander of the American Legion in 1998 – 99 and was currently a member of the Governor’s Commission of Veteran Affairs. He was also active in Brandywine Little League, the Romeo Club and Crestview Pool. Several of Chuck’s favorite legion programs were American Legion baseball, Boy’s State and The Oratorical Program.

In addition to his parents, Chuck is predeceased by brother James Russell Armbruster and sisters Margarella Armbruster and Mary Helen Peko. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Patricia, children Chip (Sarah), Katie Socorso (Vince) and Carrie Sawyer (Paul), five grandchildren Lily and Charlotte Armbruster, Porter Sawyer, and Charlie and Drew Socorso and brother Joseph Surace. Survivors also include brothers-in-law Ray Tomasetti (Christine) and Rich Tomasetti (Tracy), niece Amanda Tomasetti and nephews Jeff, Michael and Christopher Tomasetti. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00 am on Tuesday July 2, 2019 at Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE. Family and friends are invited to his visitation at the church on Monday July 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and on Tuesday July 2 from 10:00 to 11:00 am. A committal service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday July 11, 2019 at Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Holy Rosary Church, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1300 N. Grant Ave., Suite 100, Wilmington DE 19806 or Child Welfare Foundation, c/o American Legion Department of Delaware, PO Box 930, Seaford, DE 19973-0930.

Funeral Services

Visitation Monday July 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 at Holy Rosary

Visitation Tuesday July 2 from 10:00 to 11:00 at Holy Rosary

Mass of Christian Burial July 2 at 11:00 at Holy Rosary

Committal Service Thursday July 11, 2019 at 10:00 am at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery




    Trish Shields
    06/28/2019 09:08 pm
    Trish Shields
    06/28/2019 09:09 pm
    Erica Borsella lit a candle and writes,
    Carrie, I'm sorry for your family's loss. May your father rest in peace.
    06/28/2019 10:23 pm
    David Kearney lit a candle and writes,
    It is a honor to call Chuck a friend.
    06/28/2019 10:33 pm
    Richard M. Magner lit a candle and writes,
    Chuck will be remembered as a true American Patriot. He will be sadly missed by his fellow Commissioners of Veterans Affairs. May He Rest In Eternal Peace. My prayers are with his Family.
    06/29/2019 03:02 am
    Paula Widenor writes,
    So sorry for your loss , prayers for the family.
    06/29/2019 07:29 am
    Lisa McCarley writes,
    Truly sorry for your loss. An amazing man who I was honored to know. Claymont was a better place because of him.
    06/29/2019 07:49 am
    Amy Dunigan lit a candle and writes,
    Remembering a wonderful man who gave to everyone and brightened their lives. My sympathy to you all. He will be greatly missed by so many but memories will remain forever. Amy Dunigan
    06/29/2019 03:50 pm
    Judith Little lit a candle and writes,
    Good men like Chuck are very scarce and hard to part with. He had a way of lightning up a room with his humor and laughter. We were all blessed to know him. I know he is leaving a great void. May your memories, faith and family lift you up in the coming weeks. Much love to all.
    06/29/2019 04:55 pm
    Marc, Christina, Alison, Landon, and Cole Beauparlant writes,
    Patricia, Chip, Katie, and Carrie, We are so sorry for your loss. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    06/29/2019 08:08 pm
    Cheryl Datillo lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry to learn of Chucks' passing. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers for comfort for all of you.
    06/29/2019 10:26 pm
    Donna Lewis writes,
    Dear Patti and family, Chuck was one of those quiet good men that are rare today. I'm sorry to miss Chuck's services as I will be in Chicago with family and will miss celebrating Chuck's life. He will be fondly remembered by all of us who attended CHS . May the many wonderful memories that are in your heart, give you some peace.
    06/30/2019 06:39 am
    Linda Robinson Rybczynski lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. He is now free of any pain and suffering and now watching over you. Sending prayers. 🙏
    07/01/2019 08:36 am
    Anna Lopez writes,
    Rest in Peace Chuck. You will always be remembered by your comrades at the Commission. Your contributions were always great and never ending. You will be sorely missed. To the Armbruster family and loved ones, you have my sincerest and deepest condolences. Prayers and thoughts are with you in this difficult time and always. Anna M. Lopez, DCVA Commissioner at Large.
    07/01/2019 11:16 am
    Anna Lopez lit a candle
    07/01/2019 11:18 am
    Marie Maks lit a candle and writes,
    Pat and all the Ambruster Family-I am so sorry that Chuck won't make it to the 50 th reunion. Maybe he is playing catch in heaven with the other team members. Take care and love, Marie
    07/01/2019 12:15 pm
    Rosalind Tulip Primmer lit a candle and writes,
    Pat & Family, so sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Roz (Tulip) & Jim Primmer
    07/02/2019 09:14 pm
    Dave Skocik lit a candle and writes,
    I'd known Chuck for many years as a good hearted and generous friend to all, especially his fellow veterans. He is and will be missed for his service to the nation but particularly for all the good he did during his service on the Commission of Veterans Affairs. Dave Skocik, president, Delaware Veterans Coalition
    07/10/2019 10:45 am

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