Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2005

Resident with rare brain disorder dies

August 18, 2005


Gale Armbrister, a Douglas County man with a rare brain disorder, died early Thursday. He was 60.

"Our family is thankful that he passed quickly and that he felt no pain," said Armbrister's son, Matt. "And we'd like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. We appreciate them all."

About two weeks ago, Gale Armbrister learned he had sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a disorder that strikes about one person in a million. He was moved to a Kansas City area nursing home last week.

Gale Armbrister retired from Hallmark Cards in February 1999. He had been involved in American Legion baseball and other youth activities in Lawrence and Baldwin. He had been substitute teaching in Baldwin. He was featured in a recent Journal-World article about his disease.


JADAMS 12 years, 9 months ago

To Gale's Family

My thoughts are with you. My father worked with Gale at Hallmarks for many years. I have many fond memories of Gale, including softball games, hunting trips, etc. The last time I saw Gale was about two years ago, my wife, daughter and I were preparing to surprise a youth group from our church that were on a hayrack ride. We were just down the road from Gale's house, when I saw the headlights of a car coming down the road. I knelt down in the weeds, but I guess his lights reflected off me. He stopped and called out to see if I was alright, I didn't get two words out before he recognized my voice and called my name. Matt, I share your thankfulness that your dad did not suffer a long illness. He was too full of life for that and never would have wanted to endure that. I will make sure my parents and any one else that I can find know.

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