Of Duluth, Minnesota passed away on Dec. 25, 2013 at the age of 91. He is survived by his two daughters Alison Patricia-Archer Manchester and Cynthia Jane Archer; his son-in-law, John McColpin; grandchildren Logan Patricia Manchester, Hanlin Scott Manchester, and Helen Louise McColpin; and sister Jane Kopcke. He graduated from the Univ. of Michigan as well as Univ. of Michigan Law School where he earned his J.D. in 1948. His first job as an attorney was for Morrison, Foerster, Holloway, Clinton and Clark in San Francisco. He worked there for 17 years eventually becoming a managing partner. He later established his own firm, Archer and Hanson, in San Francisco and Hawaii. He is best known as a litigator with a specialty in antitrust cases. The practice of law was his life-blood for he loved "the performance and writing." Richard served in World War II as a Chief Electronics Technician in the Navy aboard the USS Bryant. He was decorated with the Bronze Star and a Naval Citation for his service in the South Pacific. Helping others was an important part of his life. Whether it was in the church community or with legal pro bono work, he felt a duty to help others. His drive to ponder spiritual questions created strong bonds with many people. He studied the Bible and theological texts to the extent that he wanted to be remembered as a theologian. He attended many churches in his life but was most active in St. Phillips Catholic Church of Occidental and St. John's Episcopal Church of Petaluma. Dogs were an important part of his life. Whether they were treeing raccoons in the redwoods of Occidental or driving with him on the country roads of Sonoma County, they were by his side. Uno, Dos, Hunter, Sister, Buster and Woody were his faithful companions. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, January 3, 2014 at 1pm at St. Philip's, 3730 Bohemian Highway, Oc-cidental, California. Burial to follow at Druid's Cemetery. Condolences may be made at AdobeCreekFuneralHome.com 707-789-9000
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