Obituary: Edward (Al) Archer
July 2, 2013
Our beloved Father and Grandfather, Edward (Al) Archer passed away peacefully on Monday, June 24, 2013 of natural causes.
Al was born in Titusville, PA on March 22, 1925 to Mame & Harold Archer. He spent his early years in Sherman, New York and Staten Island; before entering the Navy in 1942 at 17. Al served in the North Atlantic on a Liberty ship, the SS Booker T. Washington, the first Navy ship with an inter-racial crew and an African-American Captain.
Upon leaving the Navy, Al joined the US Department of Treasury as a Customs agent, where he had a distinguished 40 year career. Al served in New York, Arizona and Florida; and was the recipient of the Albert Gallatin Award for service to his country.
A lifelong athlete and sports fan, Al played softball competitively into his seventies. In his retirement years, he spent time in Tamarac, Florida; and has been a resident of Zephyr Cove, Nevada for the past thirteen years.
First and foremost, Al was about his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Carol Archer, and his two children, Susan Daniels of Oak Park, IL., and Alan Archer of Zephyr Cove, NV.; and their spouses, Robert Daniels and Laura Archer. Al is also survived by his grandson, Christopher Daniels & his wife Meredith (Bono) Daniels of Oak Park.
Services were held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Incline Village, Nevada.
In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Al can be made to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (www.DVNF.org).
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