Donald W. Archer Sr., 92, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 in Kingsland Georgia.
He was born on April 9, 1925 in Groton, CT. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Anna Archer, his wife Mary, brothers John and Charles Archer, sister Maude Kittridge, son-in-law Chester Brister.
Donald lived in Groton until 2010, when he moved to Kingsland, GA. At the age of 17 he joined the US Army and fought in World War II earning a Bronze Star. After the war he met and married the love of his life, Mary A. Miller on June 4, 1949. After their marriage Donald was re-activated and sent to Korea in the Air Force, where he earned the rank of Master Sargent and earned a 2nd Bronze Star.
At the age of 16 Donald worked on the 1st Gold Star Bridge, until they found out his real age. He played semi-pro football, helped design, and build the 1st Doone Buggy, worked on the rail-road, was a mechanic and automobile body repair. He retired from Pfizer in 1986 as a Millwright after 33 years of service. He won several trophies for golf and horse shoes. He was an avid fisherman.
He belonged to several clubs, which he was very proud of: Pioneer Hose Co #1, Groton, CT; Masonic Order, Blue Lodge, Mystic, CT; Shriners; Sphinx; One Dime, Norwich, CT; Old Bastards; Turtles; Tuckerbung; Past Commander of Groton VFW; also belonged to the VFW, Kingsland, GA. He was one of the founding fathers of the Knucklehead Bait and Tackle shop in St. Mary’s, GA.
He is survived by his 6 children: Deborah McDonald (Richard) Greene, NY; Donald Archer Jr. (Janice) The Villages, FL; Cindy Brister, Kingsland GA; Joan Chambers, Groton, CT; Sherry Archer, Fountain, CO; Mary Haeseler (Michael), Mystic, CT. His adopted son Warren Seabury, Groton, CT. Grandchildren: Scott McDonald; Michael McDonald; David McDonald; Lori Archer; Craig Archer; Samantha James; April Palmon; Kelly DiFraia; Amanda Holland; Anthony Haeseler; Scot Haeseler; Alexander Haeseler. 15 Great Grand Children and his sisters-in-laws Gloria Archer; Gloria Lutzi; Joan Heid. Several nieces; nephews; great nieces and great nephews. His best friend Jim Dickey.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 11:00 am at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, with Pastor Greg Gardell officiating and with military honors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. (844) 739-0849.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of st. Marys is in charge of arrangements.