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Obituary for Paul Franklin Archer
Paul F. Archer, age 89, of Caldwell, Ohio, died Monday, June 15, 2015, at SE Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge. He was born December 18, 1925, in Newcomerstown, son of the late John F. and Martha Blanche Trenner Archer. Mr. Archer was a 1943 graduate of Belle Valley High School, and he was a United States Navy veteran, having served during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Following the war, he attended mechanic school in Marietta. He was employed as a mechanic at the former Barnhouse Chevrolet in Caldwell and retired as service manager for the former Caldwell Motors. Mr. Archer owned and operated a family farm for many years. He was a member of Hiramsburg United Methodist Church, Sharon Lodge #136, Free and Accepted Masons; Belle Valley American Legion Post #641; and he was a Gold Sheaf Member of the Sharon Grange. He was also a life member of the Ohio Wagon Train Association. He enjoyed Belgian Draft Horses, Quarter Horses and hunting. He was active in his community, having served as 4-H advisor and member of the Noble County 4-H Council for many years, and he was a former member of the Noble County Fairboard. He was also a member of the Noble County Democratic Central Committee and a former member and president of the Noble County Board of Elections. He was a member and past-president of Noble Soil and Water Conservation, the Noble County Farm Bureau, and the Noble County Cattleman’s Association.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant sister, Margaret Archer; two sisters, Mary Belle McIllyar and Hilda L. Yeagle; one brother, Clyde Archer; five brothers-in-law, Robert Merry, Herman Yeagle, Herman Hohman, Robert Clark and Wayne Stiers; one sister-in-law, Lois Stiers; and two nephews, Jerry Merry and Junior Yeagle.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Ruth Stiers Archer, whom he married December 17, 1954; one daughter Jo Ann Archer (John Wigal) of Washington, West Virginia; two sons, Brent A. (Nancy) Archer and Brian F. (Robin) Archer, both of Caldwell; two sisters, Nellie Merry of Columbus and Edith Hohman of Caldwell; two sisters-in-law Twila Archer of Caldwell and Betty Clark of Cumberland; one brother-in-law, Frank McIllyar of Cambridge; 5 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8PM at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, where Masonic services will follow at 8PM. The funeral service will be observed Friday, June 19th at 11AM with Pastor Keith Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Hiramsburg Cemetery, with military honors presented by members of the Noble County Veterans Service Organizations.