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Douglas A. Archer


Douglas Avery Archer left this life on April 19th, 2013 at the Syracuse VA Hospital after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma and other illnesses resulting from service to his country during the Vietnam War.

He was predeceased by his parents Floyd Avery Archer and Charlotte (Lomas) Archer. He is survived by sisters and brothers: Trish (Matt) Guokas of Nineveh, NY, Vicki Archer and Michelle Keech of Dexter, NY, Valerie Archer Pointer of Denver, CO, Michael Archer of Watertown, NY and Charles Archer of Mass.

He is also survived by sons, Scott N. Archer and Alexander J. Archer, two grandchildren and a number

of nieces and nephews.

Douglas was a Vietnam Veteran who served honorably as a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. He was awarded numerous medals including the National Defense Service Medal with the Combat Service Ribbon, The Vietnam Campaign Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and A Meritorious Unit Citation. He endured numerous medical problems as a result of exposure to the Agent Orange used during his tour in Vietnam.

He was a prolific reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, theater, watching sports and playing golf.

Employed by the Gannett Co. in Norwood Mass. as a press operator, he retired due to medical reasons in 2008.

Having recently moved to rural Nineveh to be near his sister, he enjoyed tranquility in his new home, feeding his birds, and watching springtime unfold at Perch Pond.

He was born and raised in Watertown, NY and after his tour of duty, lived in Massachusetts for many years with his former wife Holly Archer and their sons.

Also surviving is a close friend, Pricilla Arsenault of Foxboro, Mass.

As a patient at the Syracuse VA hospital, he received excellent care from their medical staff. His family is extremely appreciative for the quality of care provided during his short stay on the 6th and 8th Floor.

Douglas loved and appreciated the superb and tender loving care provided by his oncologists, Sue Sergetti and Frank Paolozzi.

Douglas requested his body to be cremated. His beautiful blue eyes were donated. There will be no calling hours. Services with military honors are to be held at 142 Mechanic Street in Watertown on Saturday, April 27 at noon.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Watertown, NY.

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