Fredrick Albert “Fred” Archer, age 88, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He hasn’t been able to walk since September 2016 after a fall, breaking his back and then in January, he fell and broke his left hip. Fred was born on February 3, 1930 in Emerson, Iowa to Willie and Elsie (Lang) Archer. Fred was a part of a large family, with 8 brothers and 9 sisters. One brother died, and one sister died in infancy. Fred was baptized in the Christian Church. His talent involved lawn mowers for 50 years. Before that he worked in maintenance.
He married Lois Louise (Wilson) Archer on December 20, 1950. They had two daughters Jacqueline (Jacquie) Louise and Lorraine Annette. They lost Lois in 2000 to cancer.
Fred married Mary Lou (Terry) Archer in February 2010. They lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Fred was preceded in death by his infant brother Kelbert (1926), infant sister Wilma (1934), his father Willie (1976), mother Elsie (1988), brothers: Cecil (1991), Clarence (2002), Francis (2010), James (2013), Adrian (2018) sisters: Creola (2009), Marjorie (2012) Erma (2015), Darlene (2015).
He is survived by his daughter Lorraine (Keith) Narmi and three grandchildren, and many great grandchildren, his wife Mary Lou, brothers Kenny (Norma) Archer and Dean Archer, sisters Evelyn (Marc) Weigelt, Ocle Sadler, Faye (Al) Selk, and Wanda (Don) Kuhlman.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Logan Memorial Chapel in Logan, Iowa.
The family would like to invite everyone to a time of a lunch and fellowship at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 30, 2018 at the Christian Church in Logan, Iowa.
In Loving Memory Of
Fredrick Albert Archer
February 3, 1930 Emerson, Iowa
Entered Into Rest
November 25, 2018 Council Bluffs, Iowa
1:00 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2018
Officiating Pastor Rusty Hedger
Chaplain Dennis Shea
“The Old Rugged Cross” “In The Garden”
“Take My Hand Precious Lord” “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
“Rejoice, Rejoice” “Happy Trails”
Harold Cox Bob Cox
Steve Archer David Weigelt
Jerry Archer Scott Selk
Bruce Archer Dan Archer
Chris Cox Evan Jones
Final Resting Place
Valley View Cemetery
And God Responded:
You said you were afraid to go to a better place
Until I lit the path and took your hand.
You said that you were afraid to try
Until I convinced you that in my eyes you couldn’t fail.
You said you couldn’t share your hurt
Until I showed you the scars on my heart.
You said you wished you could do things differently
Until I convinced you that it wouldn’t change how I felt about you.
You said you couldn’t fly
Until I lifted your arms and blew confidence under your wings.
You said you were too tired to go on
Until I lent my shoulder to carry your load.
You started to say you didn’t deserve.
I said be still and know that you are special.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, I will write about the special abilities the Holy Spirit gives to each of us”
(1 Corinthians 12:1 NLT)