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HAROLD ARCHER's Online Memorial Photo

Memorial Curator

Memorial Biography

Lt. Col. Harold L. Archer, Sr. (ret.), son of Leslie William Archerand Emma Frances Eilebrecht, passed away peacefully in his home withloved ones on Friday, December 30, 2011, in Murrieta, California. He was born January 3,1921 in La Junta, Colorado. Harold was both a true American hero, as well as a self sacrificing and devoted husband. Harold attended Loyola on a basketball scholarship. In 1942 hegraduated from flying school, married his sweetheart, Beverly, andjoined the Army Air Corp. This was the beginning of a remarkable 32year period of service to his country. He was a true patriot. He flewin WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He spent four years asan Executive Officer at Area 51 in Nevada. He was involved in thedevelopment of the SR 71, followed by the B1 and B2 fast jet bombers.After Harold retired, he and Beverly enjoyed numerous trips to Europe. He may have been a pilot, but Beverly was definitely the navigator onthese trips. Harold loved golf, basketball, tennis and was known forbeing a stellar ping pong player!Harold was preceded in death by Beverly in 2003, They were married for over 60 years. Harold took care of Bev for 5 years before she died from ALS. He lovingly cared for his beloved wife and longed to be with her everyday after she passed away. Harold will certainly be missed by his family; His son anddaugher-in- law, Hal and Theresa, his daughter and son-in-law, Lindaand Art Schefler, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Harold was a devout Catholic and realized throughout his militarycareer that the hand of God was protecting him. His service will beheld at St. Marthas.The viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m,and the celebration of Mass at 11:00 a.m. Burial services will be atRiverside National Cemetary at 1:00. Reception to follow at his home shortly after.  In lieu of flowers please donateto: the ALS foundation Development Department 27001 Agoura Rd Ste 250 Calabasas Hills, CA 91301