FRANK COOPER ARCHER

Posted July 16, 2012, at 8:11 p.m.

RICHMONDVILLE, N.Y. – Frank C. Archer, 84, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 8, 2012, with his son by his side at his home, after a long battle with cancer. Frank lived life on his terms and died the same way. He was born July 22, 1927, and raised on a farm in Trescott.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy; grandson, Aaron; and five siblings, Rollo, Ira, Henry, Ruth and June. He is survived by son, Frank Archer of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; two sisters, Thelma Erquhart and Gladys Kelly of Lubec; his favorite nephew, Bruce Archer of Lubec; many nieces, nephews, cousins and families.

He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II – his ship was stationed in Japan 1947 and patrolled its coastal waters. When he returned to Maine, he married Dorothy Erquhart of Lubec and they returned to San Diego to finish his tour of duty. After a break in service back in Maine, he rejoined the U.S. Navy to complete 20 years of active service, retiring as a chief petty officer. He then pursued a career as manager of the Richmondville, N.Y., electric co-op, remaining in that community for more than 40 years. Frank was an avid golfer, NASCAR race fan – having raced boats and snowmobiles himself, a pool player, hunter and loved playing his Gibson guitar. He also played video games with his son in Arizona by phone.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. July 22 at West Lubec Methodist Church, Lubec. Frank’s ashes will be returned to Saratoga National Cemetery where they will rest with those of his lifelong wife Dorothy. In lieu of flowers or monies, contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

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