|Birth: ||Mar. 20, 1897|
|Death: ||Jun. 24, 1991|
Harry Earl Archer was born March 20, 1897 at Blakeman, Kan., to Otis and Ella Nora Kendall Archer. He died at the Rawlins County Hospital in Atwood June 24, 1991 at the age of 94.
He moved with his parents to McDonald in 1900. He finished 11 grades in school, which is all they had at that time. He was one of the first employees of McDonald Equity, working from 1915 to 1918, at which time he entered service in World War I. Harry was one of two Cheyenne veterans of WWI to register for the draft in WWII.
He met and married Esther M. West June 6, 1923. To this union two sons were born, Arlie G. and Harry Ross.
Harry was a steward of the land and in later years enjoyed gardening. He was a very kind and generous father and grandfather, many times helping those who needed help.
Though his health started failing four years ago, he was able to attend Joyce and Billy's wedding in Wichita on May 11, 1985 and on June 30, 1990 he witnessed his grandson, Alan's marriage to Cindy.
Harry was a member of McDonald Lodge No. 383 and St. Francis Lodge No. 404, 68 years. He was a member of Progressive Chapter No. 396 and Doric Chapter No. 404 of St. Francis. He was a Past Master of McDonald Lodge No. 383 and Past Patron of Progressive Chapter No. 396, both of McDonald.
Harry helped form the first Legion post in McDonald and had been a continuous member until the time of his death.
He was preceded in death by his wife Sept. 9, 1972; his parents; and a baby brother.
He leaves to mourn his passing his sons, Ross of the home and Arlie and wife, Delores of McDonald; grandchildren, June Archer of Lawrence, Joyce McDaniel and husband, Billy, of Kechi, Kan., and Alan Archer and wife, Cindy of McDonald, great-granchild Megan Cram of Lawrence and three step-grandchildren, Natasha, Shannon and Mathew Wilson. Many friends and other relatives will remember Harry.
Harry loved his home and family and these lines seemed fitting.
"From the earliest Olympics to the contests of today,
We've invented games amany, for we love clean sport, and play.
But I give as my opinion, and I think that I am right,
That no game by men invented beats...just going home at night.
Going home at night, when the streets are all alight
And the children there to greet me,
With their eyes so big and bright,
It matters not if drudgery fill the house of all the day.
Just to be at home at evening...doth the toll of life repay.
Going home at night...makes me tingle with delight,
And I breathe an upward "Thank You" to my Father out of sight.
And I know just how he wants me,
Here to love and serve him right
Then...when Life's Long Day is over...
I'll be going home at night.
Then someone added this vital postscript:
"In life, as in baseball, it is reaching Home safely that counts."
Card of Thanks
The family of Harry E. Archer wishes to express their deep appreciation for the many words of concern and sympathy during Dad's last illness and passing. For all the cardes, visits at the hospital and our home, telephone calls, food and memorials, we will always be grateful. We especially thank the Ladies Guild for the wonderful dinner served at noon to our families and friends. The loss of our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather has created a void in our lives that will never be filled, but his memory will always be with us.
Arlie, Delores and Ross Archer
Alan and Cindy Archer and family
June Archer and Megan
Joyce and Billy McDaniel
The Citizen Patriot
Published July 11, 1991, Page 6
Otis Archer (1871 - 1950)
Ella Nora Kendall Archer (1867 - 1941)
Esther Mae West Archer (1892 - 1972)*
Arlie Gene Archer (1927 - 2011)*
Harry Ross Archer (1933 - 2007)*
Infant Son Archer (____ - 1902)*
Harry Earl Archer (1897 - 1991)
Pvt US Army
World War I
Plot: 32, Lot 7
Created by: Marilyn Birkby
Record added: Oct 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77615821