Joseph D. Archer, 86 of Crawfordsville passed away at home on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.
He was born Dec. 4, 1932 in Indianapolis to Raymond and Myrle (Cooper) Archer.
He graduated from Ben Davis High School and attended Purdue University. Mr. Archer served in the US Army in Korea from 1953-54.
In 1958 he married Carrie N. Chelf, she preceded him in death August of 2006. He then married Sharon Earl in 2008, she survives.
He retired as a supervisor from Raybestos, and also worked for 20 years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was a charter member of New Hope Christian Church and had dual membership at Heartland Christian Church in Sebring, Fla. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 72. He was an IHSAA Referee for many years and loved sports especially IU Sports. He was a man of great faith and lived his life as a witness for others. He was a loving husband, father, grand-father and friend.
Survivors in addition to his wife include his children, Barbara Lee of Lafayette, Brenda Stevens of Punta Gorda, Fla., Caren Archer of Crawfordsville, Kevin Archer of Crawfordsville and Marcus Archer of Indianapolis; three loving step-children Jim, Pam, and Mike Switzer all of Crawfordsville; a sister, Helen Voelkel of Mooresville; his sister-in-law Juliette Caldwell and family; 28 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.
Funeral services with military rites are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at New Hope Christian Church with Pastor Darrell Portwood officiating. Interment will be in Indian Creek Cemetery. Family and friends may pay their respects two hours prior to service.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, New Hope Christian Church, or C.Y. Kim missions through New Hope Christian Church.
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