Carl J. Archer

Carl Joseph “Joe” Archer, a big hearted husband, father, and animal lover, died peacefully at his home on Friday, February 9, 2018 surrounded by his loving family and dearest friends. Joe, 67, of Bellevue, was born January 9, 1951 in Charlotte, the son of Virgil O. and Katherine L. (Westrick) Archer.

Joe lived a full life.  He served in the National Guard, was a 4H Rodeo leader, and loved farming.  He enjoyed his horses and watching his kids, grandkids, and 4H kids ride.  He loved to drive his Peterbuilt semi “Smokin’ Joe” and tinkering with it in his shop.  Above all, he loved his family and friends, who will miss his great sense of humor and big heart.

Joe is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda; mother, Katherine; three children, Lori (Tim) Briggs, Tom (Meghann) Archer and Chad (Anne) Archer; seven dearly loved grandchildren, Mikayla (Michael Starken) Densmore, Gabrielle Densmore, Noah Briggs, Nick Briggs, Gracie Little, Teaghann Little, and Cameron Trask.  Survived by his siblings, Jerry (Sandy) Archer, Larry (Janet) Archer, Luann Klont, Carolyn (Paul) Haas, Chuck (Suzanne) Archer, Scott Archer, and Don Archer.  Joe was welcomed home by his father, Virgil; brothers, Robert, Kenny and Bill Archer, and his beloved nephew and godson, Andy Archer.

“Those who love don’t go away.  They walk besides us everyday…unseen, unheard, but always here.  Still loved, still missed and very dear.”

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating. Interment took place at West Carmel Cemetery.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the family.

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