He was born March 17, 1931, the son of Alice and George Archer. He attended Meridian Street Elementary School, Brazil High School and later Staunton High School. He worked at Mohr's Garage in Brazil before enlisting in the United States Army. Cpl. Archer served as a light truck driver and an infantryman with the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was taken prisoner by the Communist Chinese-North Koreans on Dec. 2, 1950, and later died.
He was preceded in death by his parents George and Alice Archer, four sisters Beulah Stultz, Audrey Morland, Ruth Parr and Olive May Tribble and two brothers Arthur and Norman E. Archer.
He is survived by his niece Delores Vinzant, Georgia and a nephew James Archer, Brazil as well as several additional nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services for Corporal Robert Gene Archer will be at French Funeral Home, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Chuck McMichael officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery with full military honors provided by members of the United States Army. The community is invited and encouraged to pay their respect to Cpl. Archer Friday from noon until 8 p.m. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.