Jack M. Archer, 82, of 6 W. End Drive, Bradford, passed away Saturday (June 9, 2012) at The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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Born on March 20, 1930, in Butler, he was a son of the late Morris and Wilma Prigg Archer. On Sept. 1, 1957, at the First Congregation Church in Kane by the Rev. Clark Cochrane, he married Margaret "Peggy" MacEwen Archer, who survives him.
Mr. Archer was a 1948 graduate of Kane High School and attended Syracuse University. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 27, 1950, and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 10, 1955. He returned to the Kane area to run Archer's News & Sporting Goods with his father, and then worked for Sears & Roebuck. He moved to Bradford and purchased Levy's on the corner of Main and Congress streets in 1968. He changed the name to Archer's Cards and Gifts and also provided the services of a photo lab, bus station and the area's largest selection of magazines and newspapers. He retired in 2005. He also owned and operated Archer's appliance store for 10 years.
He was a member of the Bradford Club, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association.
His hobbies included boating and camping on the Kinzua Dam, remodeling parts of his house as well as his family homes, and he taught each of his children to remodel.
In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by two daughters, Anne E. Archer of Ashland, Va., and Susan M. Archer of Richmond, Va., and one son, John K. Archer of Pittsburgh; a sister, Dorothy (Robert) Briggs of Parrish, Fla.; one granddaughter, Chelsea McElfresh; and several nieces.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Church of the Ascension with the Rev. Stacey Fussell, rector, officiating. Military honors and burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Kane.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Red Cross, 302 Congress St., Bradford, PA 16701; the Church of the Ascension, 26 Chautauqua Place, Bradford, PA 16701; or a
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from June 11 to June 18, 2012