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Abel Lee Archer, 93, of West Terre Haute, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, in his daughter's home in Terre Haute. He was born March 23, 1924, in Paris, Ill., to August Earl Archer and Clara Zelia (Venable) Archer. He married Mary Louise (Carson) on Nov. 28, 1946.
Abel graduated from Paris High School in 1942. He was in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 serving during World War II in the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion in North Africa and in many major battles in Italy. Abel received a Bronze Star. He was very proud of his service and spoke of his time in the military often. He attended the First Baptist Church of West Terre Haute, where he was a faithful and active member since 1946. He worked at Western Southern Life Insurance Company for 21 years; and was a marine mechanic for Strole's Marine and Magee's Clinton Marine. He was a charter member of the former Antique and Classic Automobile Club and a member of the Good Cheer Club for the Blind. Abel was very musically inclined and played several instruments.
Abel was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, who passed away Jan. 17, 2013; a daughter, Mary Lee Bailey; a sister, Mary Margaret Watson; and two brothers, Joseph Archer and Vernon Archer.
He is survived by his daughter, Muriel "Ruth" Ridener and her husband Allan; his son-in-law, Charles Bailey, all of Terre Haute; his grandchildren, Andrew Bailey and his wife Valerie of Midway, Ky., Elizabeth Randolph and her husband Brennan of Terre Haute, and Mary Ann Stewart and her husband Michael of Terre Haute; his great-grandchildren, Caleb Randolph, Madison Randolph, Whitney Bailey, and Aidan Bailey; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 North 3rd Street, West Terre Haute. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 7, 2018, from 4 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Jeff Augustus will be officiating; burial with military rites will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 126, West Terre Haute 47885.
Published on March 4, 2018
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