Life Story for
Mr. John Osborn Archer, age 81, of Moorefield, Indiana, entered this life on April 27, 1937, in Switzerland County, Indiana, the loving son of the late, John Kendric and Elberta Mae (Osborn) Archer. He was raised in Moorefield, Indiana and attended the St. Mary's School in Moorefield where John and Mary currently reside. He was a 1955 graduate of the Vevay High School where he participated in the drama club, choir, basketball, cross country and baseball and was a member of the 1955 sectional championship team. John was united in marriage on June 29, 1956, at the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church in Caledonia, Indiana, to Mary Leo Lewis and to this union arrived three sons, John Michael, Mark Curtis and Alan Jay to bless their home. John and Mary shared nearly 62 loving years of marriage together until his death. John and Mary with the help of Julian and Louise Hartman began "The 129ers" 4-H Club, which was an all boys club in the Moorefield and Pleasant area. He was employed for the company that built Kocolene Stations in Greensburg, Indiana, US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for several years and for Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana, for two years. John enjoyed farming the dairy farm with his father. They raised tobacco and corn and later drove for the amish. John worked for Jam Construction with his son, Mike for several years. John served on the Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors for two terms, coordinated the Switzerland County Horse Pull for its duration and served as the Director of the Blue Ribbon Championship Horse Pull at the Indiana State Fair for more than 40 years. John also assisted with maintenance and lawn care at the Switzerland County 4-H Fairgrounds for many years. John was awarded Mr. Switzerland County 4-H in 2015. John supported the grandchildren as 10 year 4-Hers and watched the first of 12-great-grandchildren compete. The Archer Farm which was established by John's grandfather and has been in the family for six generations was recently awarded the Hoosier Homestead Award. John was a District FFA Officer and was a member of the Switzerland County Saddle Club, Indiana Horse Pullers Association, Southern Draft Horse Association, FHA Board of Directors and the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church. John enjoyed judging at the Indiana State Fair for the horse pull. John also enjoyed a good card game, spending time with his grandkids and his family, camping and visiting neighboring states for a horse pull. John passed away at 6:20 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.
John will be deeply missed by his wife, Mary Leo (Lewis) Archer of Moorefield, IN; his sons, John Michael Archer and his wife: Deb of Moorefield, IN, Mark Curtis Archer of Moorefield, IN and Alan Jay Archer and his companion: Carlyn Wilburn of Moorefield, IN; his grandchildren, Josh Archer and his wife: Kendra, Adam Archer and his wife: Carly, Kodi McAlister and her husband: Dan, Jessica Whitham and her husband: Chris, Trisha Archer and Kaleesa Archer; his great-grandchildren, Halle Archer, Braydon Archer, Lainie McAlister, Zoe Whitham, Hudson Archer, Bryson Archer, Adalyn Archer, Poppy Archer, Landen McAlister, Lynleigh McAlister, Beckham Archer, Jett Archer and Asher Whitham; his sister, Gayla Smith of Piqua, OH; his brother, Kenneth Ray Archer and his wife: Di of Bedford, IN and his several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Kendric Archer, died April 24, 1982 and Elberta Mae (Osborn) Archer, died June 6, 1999; his grandson, Derek Alan Archer, died July 19, 2017; his niece, Deb Gebeaur; his great-niece, Robyn Gebeaur and his brother-in-law, Harold Smith.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, May 7, 2018, at 10:00 am, by Pastor KC Banta at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Interment will follow in the Caledonia Cemetery, Moorefield, Indiana.
Friends may call 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Memorial contributions may be made to Caledonia Cemetery Fund, Switzerland County FFA or Charity of the Donor's Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.