James Elmer Archer
MONONA-James Elmer Archer, age 92, passed away on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. He was born on April 24, 1920, in Barronett, the son of Tom and Lully (Phelps) Archer. Jim had to leave school after the 8th grade to help with the family farm. After serving in the U.S. Army for four years in North Africa and Italy during WWII, he returned to Barronett and married Joyce (Johnson) on October 8, 1945. The couple just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. They lived in Madison for a short time and after the birth of their first child, Gloria, they returned to the family farm. After the birth of their son, Douglas, they returned to Madison. Jim was a carpenter working for various construction firms throughout the Carpenters Union 314. One of his jobs was to work with famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, on Taliesin in Spring Green. Whenever he told the master that something wasn’t correct or wouldn’t work, Mr. Wright told him, “Lad, it is all in how it looks, not how it works or if it is right.” Jim retired in 1985, and devoted most of his time to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He hunted in many of the western states including Alaska as well as Canada. He also fished in Canada as often as he could. Jim built a hunting cabin in northern Wisconsin and as the years passed, each of his four grandsons as well as his son joined him for the week-long deer season. This was one of his greatest joys. Jim was also an avid gardener and along with Joyce, furnished fresh goods to all of his children and neighbors as well.
James is survived by his wife; daughter, Gloria Archer; son, Douglas (Jean) Archer; 6 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He is further survived by a brother, Tom, in Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jenny Arkley.
Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, with a luncheon to follow. Burial will be held after the luncheon at Highland Memory Gardens, Cottage Grove, with full military honors. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Jim felt very strongly about the VFW so in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the VFW Post 7591, 301 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison, WI 53716.
The family would like to express their deepest thanks to the staff at St Mary’s Hospital in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and 4 East for their devoted care and comfort to their Dad during his final days and hours.