Age 85, passed away on April 14, 2011, after a short illness. He was born March 27, 1926, in Levering, MI to Harvey and Mabel (Carlton) Archer. After being the first of his family to graduate from high school in Levering/Pellston High School (Class of 1944), he immediately enlisted in the US Army and served the remainder of WWII with the 101st Airborne Division following the Battle of the Bulge and preparing to be with the front line forces for invasion of main land Japan. He found work after the war in Lansing at Duo Therm, a division of Motor Wheel. In Lansing he met and married Arbelle Gardner on July 23, 1949, to begin their life of 57 years together. His employment continued with other divisions in Motor Wheel for over the next 40 years until his retirement in 1986. In addition to providing for his family, he enjoyed daily hikes about the Holt community, hunting, fishing and spectator sports.
He was predeceased by his parents in 1959; wife, Arbelle in January 2007; and daughter, Patricia Lynn Archer in January 2008; brothers, Armor and Edward Archer; and sister, Lucille Sheets. He is survived by his son, Bruce (Donna) Archer of Mason and 3 grandchildren, Jennifer Archer of Oklahoma City, OK, Travis Archer of Holt, MI, Dean (Emily) Archer, Lansing, MI; 1 week old (born April 8, 2011) great granddaughter, Mia Ashton Archer; 3 brothers, Norris (Joyce) Archer, Robert (Ida) Archer of Carp Lake, MI and Sidney Lee (Alma) Archer of Levering, MI; brothers-in-law, Dr. Harrison (Jo Ann) Gardner, Jr. of Denver, NC and RJ (Nina) Gardner of Barryton, MI; sister-in-law, Francis Odiorne of Comstock Park, MI and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church of Mason, 131 E. Maple St., with Rev. Bill Pinches officiating. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Forest Archer.