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COL Thomas Matthew Archer

Birth
Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa, USA
Death 16 Dec 2006 (aged 93)
Solano County, California, USA
Burial Los Altos, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Plot St. Michael Section, Row 27, Grave 93
Memorial ID 126941021 · View Source
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Colonel Thomas Matthew Archer, U.S. Air Force retired, died at Travis Air Force Base hospital, Dec 16, 2006, after a brief illness.
A Mass and burial was on Dec 22, 2006, at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Los Altos CA.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret Hazel Shuler Archer; son and daughter-in-law, daughter and son-in-law, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
The honor guard of Travis Air Force Base paid tribute at his burial with a 21-gun salute in recognition of service to his country during World War II followed by 30 years in the U.S. Air Force.
He was born in Muscatine, Iowa, and grew up in Fairbury, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and was a member of the ROTC. In November 1941, he was stationed at Brooks Air Field in San Antonio and later at Big Spring, Texas, Bombardier School. In August 1945 he shipped out to the Philippines from Fort Mason.
He returned to Nebraska and then moved to San Francisco in 1946. He became an insurance broker and eventually opened his own office in the Bay Area until 1991. Col Archer and his wife settled in Palo Alto in 1950 to raise their family and lived there until 1998 when they retired to Paradise Valley Estates in Fairfield CA.
He was a member of the Sierra Club, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, and Sons In Retirement, and a founding member of the recently dedicated U.S. Air Force Memorial in Washington DC. He loved playing golf, traveling in the US and abroad, taking daily walks, and enjoyed reading anything about current affairs, business or history. Socializing with neighbors, friends, and family was a favorite pastime.
(Daily Republic, Thurs, Jan 18, 2007)


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  • Created by: M Roberts
  • Added: 26 Mar 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 126941021
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for COL Thomas Matthew Archer (18 Feb 1913–16 Dec 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 126941021, citing Gate Of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos, Santa Clara County, California, USA ; Maintained by M Roberts (contributor 47148802) .