Richard A. Archer, 82, of Brazil, died at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
Born May 6, 1921, in Coal Bluff, Ind., he was the son of Arizona and Louisa Wright Archer.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy until October of 1945. Following his military service he worked as an inspector at Twigg Industries and a truck driver for 35 years. He was also a registered watchmaker. He was a member of VFW Post 1127 and Carbon Baptist Church.
His parents; four brothers, Chester, Cecil, Thomas and Kenneth Archer; and a grandson, Mark Simonson, who died in 1989, preceded him in death.
His wife, Betty Phillips Archer, who he married November of 1978 survives him. He is also survived by three sons, Richard L. Archer and wife, Patty, of Knoxville, Tenn., Michael F. Archer of Cloverland, Ind., and Reginald Archer of Ft. Dodge, Iowa; a stepson, Harold Ray, and wife, Delores, of Brazil; a daughter, Donna Jean Simonson, and husband, Phil, of Terre Haute; a sister, Emma Jane Krider, of Brazil, a brother, Gilbert Archer, of Carbon; 19 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Moore Funeral Home with funeral services at 2 p.m. with Pastor Howard Hughes and Bill Houck officiating. Burial will follow in Calcutta Cemetery.
Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Carbon Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.moorefuneralhome.us for more information or to send a card of condolence.