KGFA Loses Longtime Industry Ally Arch DeBruce

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Archie Paul DeBruce, an integral member of Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA), sadly passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at the age of 93.

A native of Ulysses, Kansas, DeBruce served as president/chairman of KGFA from 1984-85 and was the recipient of the Sunflower Award, the association’s most prestigious honor in 1989.

KGFA’s Arch DeBruce Boardroom

“Arch was a tremendous asset and ally of Kansas Grain and Feed Association,” KGFA’s CEO Emeritus Tom Tunnell said. “He was always willing to volunteer and help grow the association into what it is today. We are saddened by his passing and will continue to honor his long-lasting legacy.”

A 2008 remodel of KGFA’s office building in Topeka saw DeBruce’s contributions memorialized in the association’s boardroom, its most visible area.

Full obituary and funeral arrangements below:

Archie Paul DeBruce, age 93, of Ulysses, Kansas, died Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Reflection Living – Minnie House in Wichita, Kansas. He was born March 2, 1924, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Alvin and Lulu (Ashley) DeBruce.

DeBruce grew up in Wichita and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Wichita State University. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged as a Technical Sergeant First Class. DeBruce married Aileen Beal December 27, 1948, in Junction City, Kansas. The couple moved to Ulysses in February of 1952. He did accounting for a number of years before becoming the General Manager for Sullivan Inc. DeBruce’s interests included photography and playing tennis.

From 1984-85, DeBruce served as President of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association, chair and member of various committees of the Association. In 1989, he was the recipient of KGFA’s most prestigious honor, the Sunflower Award, given in recognition of contributions to the industry.

He was active in assorted community groups in Grant County including the Historic Adobe Museum, the Grant County Library, a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church, and sang in a barber shop quartet for many years. Archie was passionate about Lions Club, was a member for over 60 years and served as President of the Ulysses Chapter.

DeBruce is survived by his son, Paul Edward DeBruce and wife Linda of Shawnee Mission, Kansas; daughter, Shirley Elizabeth Conaway and husband Robert of Medicine Lodge, Kansas; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Juanita Hummel.

Funeral service will be Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Ulysses with Reverend Kelly Gindlesberger officiating. Interment will follow at Ulysses Cemetery with military graveside rites by Dexter D. Harbour American Legion Post #79. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 17, 2018, from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses. Memorial contributions may be given to Kansas Children’s Service League in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880.