E. Dolores NIELSEN 20,2664
- Born: 28 Aug 1928 20,2646
- Marriage: Willis H. ARMBRUST
- Died: 15 Nov 2013, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA at age 85 20
- Buried: 18 Nov 2013, Evergreen Memorial Park; Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA 20
Noted events in her life were:
• Residence, Jun 1961, Millard Precinct, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2644
• Honors, Jun 2001, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 685 Nebraska Luthern - Parishes and People
Willis and Delores Armbrust, St. Paul's/Millard, received honorary doctors degrees for their years of service and philanthropy to the church from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont at May graduation. They were lauded for their contributions to animal husbandry, community development and the Omaha area YMCA.
• Newspaper Article, 10 Apr 2002, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 228 published in the Omaha World Herald:
Omaha World Herald:
A Gym of An Old Barn Is the Inspiration for a New Y
by Jeffrey Robb WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
In another era, Willis and Dolores Armbrust's rural Omaha barn was the area's only indoor gymnasium. On the family farm at what's now 168th Street and West Center Road, the Armbrusts' son and his friends played pickup basketball games - day and night, in good weather and bad - in the barn's confines. That was the 1960s.
Today, the Armbrusts are promoting a new recreation center - a $4 million YMCA - for southwest Omaha. And if the project becomes reality, it, too, may take the Armbrust name. "Kids do need a place," Dolores Armbrust said. "There just never will be enough recreation." The Armbrusts said their desire for a YMCA in the neighborhood dates back about 10 years, to a time when their corner of Omaha was filling in. The Armbrusts' former farmstead had become the Armbrust Acres subdivision. Later came Armbrust Village shopping center. Southwest of 168th and Q, the Armbrusts donated land for St. Thomas Lutheran Church, helped develop a strip mall and sold land for Russell Middle School and the Mission Park neighborhood. The Armbrusts saved room for a YMCA. Plans call for a 45,000-square-foot building with adult and kids gyms, a teen center, a fitness room with a rock-climbing wall, a pool, a community room and a child-care area. The 168th Street site, located four miles from the South- Southwest YMCA and half a county from the proposed Valley Y, would serve the rapidly growing far southwest part of the metro area. "We feel the organization is for the community," Dolores said.
"And family," Willis added. The Armbrusts said fund raising has gone slowly in recent years for the proposed YMCA, which would be built on land they donated. The Omaha/Council Bluffs Metropolitan YMCA focused first on other building projects. A slow economy hurt efforts. As of last fall, $2.3 million was left to raise.
But the campaign's pace is expected to quicken. The Armbrusts, who also donated money for the Y, and other campaign backers held the first of a series of meetings Tuesday night to lay out their vision to west Omaha homeowners associations. Supporters continue to approach people who could be major donors. "Word gets out," 75-year-old Willis Armbrust said. "I think we're going to fly." The Armbrusts, who also have supported Millard's St. Paul Lutheran Church and Midlands Lutheran College in Fremont, said a life of hard work put them in a position to promote the project. In 1957, the Armbrusts, both of whom were raised in Douglas County, bought the West Center land from Willis' father. They later purchased land southwest of what's now 168th and Q. From the West Center farm, the Armbrusts started what became a profitable business auctioning dairy cattle, an endeavor they pursued for 35 years. They now live in an Armbrust Acres home overlooking Zorinsky Lake. With their former land filling in, the Armbrusts say they're glad to help provide a strong community for the families following them. Louie Warren, president of the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metropolitan YMCA, said the Armbrusts recognize how fortunate they've been and see "a tremendous opportunity to share some of their blessings." Promotional material for the new Y - initially labeled the Armbrust Community YMCA - has harkened back to images of the Armbrust barn, which new owners moved to 185th and Q Streets. "The barn is gone; the boys are grown," a brochure says. "What about the next generation?" Through their high school years, Scott Armbrust and more than a dozen friends used the barn's high trusses and sturdy wooden surface for a half-court basketball floor. The teen-agers, who typically couldn't make Millard High School's team, formed lasting friendships in that setting, the Armbrusts said. "That's what the story of the Y is," said Dolores, 73. "That's what we want to really bring out." Today, Scott Armbrust, one of the couple's two children, is a veterinarian in Green Bay, Wis. The money raised so far includes $10,000 from the so-called barn boys. Now the Armbrusts hope others see their vision. Said Willis, "The community's been good to us. We're trying to give some of that back to the community."
(C) 2002 Omaha World-Herald. via ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved
• Residence, Apr 2002, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2666
• Residence, Jul 2003, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2645 in Armbrust Acres at 16571 NINA CIR
• Newspaper Article, 30 Dec 2007, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 141 Published Sunday | December 30, 2007
New YMCA plans holiday open house
The public is invited to an open house at the new Armbrust Family YMCA from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. The Armbrust YMCA, at 168th and Q Streets, is the newest branch of the YMCA of Greater Omaha. The New Year's Day event will give the public a chance to look inside the building and learn more about YMCA memberships and programs. The new YMCA opens for business on Wednesday. The 42,500-square-foot Armbrust YMCA includes a cardiovascular and strength-training center, pool, gym, family and kids gym, outdoor playground and community rooms.
\emdash Michael O'Connor
A family dream has become the reality of a new community center in Millard. Dolores and Willis Armbrust cut the ribbon Saturday at the opening of the new YMCA near 168th and Q streets.
The Armbrust family donated the land to the YMCA about 12 years ago and helped to raise the more than $7 million to build the facility. Why?
"We need something for the community," says Willis Armbrust.
A far cry from the barn that once stood on the property. "That was back in the '60s and we decided that if we can convert that into something like this we've got it made," says Willis. "So we had the dream."
Willis says for years, his son Scott and his high school friends played basketball in the barn. "We had a lot of fun in the old barn with the boys playing basketball, that was our Y," says Scott.
It has a full fitness center complete with all sorts of equipment, plus rooms for exercise classes, personal training and community meetings.
"It's wonderful to see it and our intent was to have a safe haven for children," says Dolores Armbrust. "We were fortunate enough to have a rural residence and a barn where the kids could play, have good clean fun and that's where the Y came in."
Five hundred families have already signed up as members.
"I only live about two blocks away so it's very nice, very convenient to go down and just kind of hang out," says YMCA member Scott Barker. "I can play hoops, work out, run a little bit."
"I'm looking forward to being able to use the workout equipment, the treadmills and take classes that I've taken at the other Y, but to be able to come here and not spend 30 or 40 minutes driving back and forth to get somewhere where I can do that type of thing," says YMCA member Rhonda Petersen.
The official public opening is on January 2nd.
• Cemetery, 18 Nov 2013, Evergreen Memorial Park; Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 20
E. married Willis H. ARMBRUST, son of William G. ARMBRUST and Alvina H. NEUHAUS. (Willis H. ARMBRUST was born on 13 Nov 1926 in Nebraska,20,2641 died on 12 Nov 2015 20 and was buried 18 Nov 20145 in Evergreen Cemetery; Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska 20.)