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Charles Gustave Armstrong, Sr

  • Birth 24 May 1909 Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
  • Death 8 Sep 1990 Folsom, Sacramento County, California, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 128200002

Charles G. Armstrong , who co-founded Capital Nursery in Sacramento in the middle of the Depression and helped turn it into a multimillion-dollar business, died Saturday in a Carmichael convalescent hospital of natural causes.He was 81.

A Sacramento native, Mr. Armstrong opened Capital Nursery on Freeport Boulevard in 1936 with his father, Charles , and brother, Eugene. Since then, the business has expanded to Citrus Heights and Elk Grove with another nursery opening in Rocklin next year.

Throughout his career, Mr. Armstrong held many posts and received a number of awards for his work and dedication in the field.

In 1946, Mr. Armstrong became state president of the California Association of Nurserymen and went on to become president of the National Landscape Association six years later. From 1964 to 1966, Mr. Armstrong served as director of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.
In 1966, Mr. Armstrong was named Sacramento chairman for City of Hope, a national medical center in Duarte that researched cancer and hereditary diseases.

Mr. Armstrong also served as president of the Sacramento Kiwanis Club, was head trader of the Sacramento Trade Club and was a charter member of the Northridge Country Club.

In 1982, Mr. Armstrong was given the Pacific Coast Nurseryman Award, the highest honor the association presents.

He is survived by his wife, Grace, of Folsom; and children, Charles Armstrong Jr. of Sacramento, Robert Armstrong of Elk Grove, Marilyn Bray of Sacramento, Patricia Bazlen of Saratoga, and Susan Gomes of Grass Valley; and stepchildren, John L. Bukey of Sacramento and Susan Sanford of Woodland; brother, Eugene of Sacramento; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be in Culjis, Miller, Skelton & Herberger Chapel of the Valley, 1525 Alhambra Blvd., on Tuesday afternoon.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel.

Donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 650 W. 168th St., New York, N.Y., 10032. (published in The Sacramento Bee (CA) , Sept. 10, 1990, page B4).


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  • Maintained by: Donna White
  • Originally Created by: Emmett Ronald Diehl
  • Added: 19 Apr 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 128200002
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Gustave Armstrong, Sr (24 May 1909–8 Sep 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 128200002, ; Maintained by Donna White (contributor 48144068) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.