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Merle J. Archer
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Birth: May 7, 1910
Death: Jul. 14, 2005

Liber B p.91 #28 May 23, 1936 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
ARCHER, MERLE J. 26 of Hesperia, born in Michigan, Teacher, parents: Ceylon Archer & Mary Mendham
Married to
HERIN, RUTH 20 of Hesperia, born in Michigan, at home, parents: Henry Herin & Alice Rowe

July 14, 2005 Harris Funeral Home
Archer, Merle J., age 95, of Ferry Township, Hesperia, passed away the same as he lived - in a peaceful and gentle way, ready to step into eternity with our Lord and Savior. He was surrounded by family and friends. He was born May 7, 1910 in Ferry, the son of Ceylon and Mary (Mendham) Archer. He married Ruth Herin on May 23, 1936. They had sixty-nine years together in a loving and devoted marriage. He was a witness to all who knew him. Mr. Archer attended County Normal and taught school at Herin and Maple Range Schools. He met Ruth when she played piano for a Christmas play at school. Later, he farmed and worked at Howmet Corporation. He was a dairy farmer first, then did beef and crop farming. He was one of the first farmers in Oceana County to grow asparagus. He retired from Howmet in 1973 and from farming in 1977. He was a longtime member of Ferry United Methodist Church. He enjoyed being with his family. He also enjoyed camping and traveling. He especially enjoyed their time at Hopkins Lake on the Balcom lot. He was an avid deer hunter. He took a deer with a bow at age 85 and his last deer with a rifle at age 91. Mr. Archer is survived by his wife, Ruth; his children, Judy (Elwood) DeBrot, Mary Ballard Monaghan and John (Kristi) Archer; his grandchildren, Scott (Mary Jo) DeBrot, Cheri (Mark) Varble, David (Monica) DeBrot, Peter Alan Ballard Knight, Michael (Stacey) Ballard, Sarah (David) Cartwright, Beth Johnson and Karen Archer; seven great-grandchildren; and special friends, Sally Balcom and Joe Carter. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Hobart, Cecil and Verlo Archer; and sisters, Thelma Sargent, Dema Christoph and Lillian Etherton. Interment: Ferry Township Cemetery.
Family links: 
  Ceylon C. Archer (1871 - 1937)
  Mary Mendham Archer (1878 - 1920)
  Ruth Esther Herin Archer (1916 - 2011)
  Glenn Hobart Archer (1896 - 1976)*
  Merle J. Archer (1910 - 2005)
  Donald Gene Archer (1931 - 1998)**
*Calculated relationship
Ferry Township South Cemetery
Oceana County
Michigan, USA
Created by: sharon cartwright
Record added: Jan 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64386438
Merle J. Archer
Added by: sharon cartwright
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