Colonel James B. Archer (Ret. USAF)

February 14, 1931March 9, 2011

Colonel James B. Archer (USAF, Retired) died Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Jim was born Feb 14, 1931 in Imogene, Iowa to Ralph Albert and Marcella Rose (O’Dowd) Archer. Jim was raised in Iowa and Oregon, and then enlisted in the Army Air Corps (later U.S. Air Force) as a cryptologist. Upon completion of his enlisted service, he attended and graduated from the University of Oregon. Jim then rejoined the USAF and continued his distinguished and highly decorated military career. In June 1957, while still attending Officer Candidate School in another state, Jim was allowed a one-weekend leave to travel by train to Shenandoah, Iowa, for his marriage to Shirley Lou Hanzlick. While they could not honeymoon immediately, he and his new soul mate shared fifty beautiful years together blessed with great faith, exotic travel assignments, the deepest love, and countless friendships. Shirley died in late 2006 following her own extended battle with cancer. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, and his siblings Ralph, Thomas, and Helen (Kidd). Survivors include: siblings Richard, John, Philip, David, and Mary Annette (Burch); son James B. Jr. of Golden, Colorado, his wife Gail, and their children James B. III and Samantha L.; son Joseph R. of Denham Springs, Louisiana, his wife Janine, and their children Alexis N. and Ainsley N.; son Steven T. of Dallas, Texas, his wife Audra, and their children Rylan T. and Benjamin D.; Shirley’s sister, Cecilia Denise Morrison and husband Stephen of Omaha Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends at 7:00 pm, Monday, March 14, 2011 at a Vigil Service to be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 Spring Creek Pkwy (at Roundrock Tr.), Plano, TX 75023. The Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am, Tuesday, March 15, 2011 also at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Henry Petter, Celebrant. Jim will be laid to rest next to his wife Shirley at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA with full Honor Guard. The family will be available to visit with friends immediately following the Funeral Mass at a reception in the Seton Parish Center. If desired, memorials may be made in Jim’s name to The Shirley Archer Memorial Scholarship Fund at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75023. Please make check payable to Elizabeth Seton Parish. The family would also like to thank the numerous Doctors (especially Dr. B), Healthcare Practitioners, and all those who supported Jim over the years – we have many more wonderful memories of him due to your efforts. Arrangements under the direction of Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home, Dallas, TX.



  • Vigil Service Monday, March 14, 2011
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, March 15, 2011


  • Interment

Colonel James B. Archer (Ret. USAF)

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Jeanne and Joe Picard

March 16, 2011

A Brother Knight and Sir Knight, I enjoyed conversations with Jim re his latest military affiliation or camping trip. He always asked if I had available any "Holy Smokes" (fire starters made from church candles - a Knights fund raiser) prior to his camping trips. Going to miss you, SK, but you have finally gone to join Shirley. Our prayers are with you both.

Kim Fatica

March 15, 2011

I met the Colonel getting an IV treatment. After our first conversation, I always looked forward to seeing him again and asked for him each time I returned. Colonel Archer displayed Christ in how he lived. Although I am a younger woman of color, he had no hesitation to assist and greet me as a new patient to the center. His warmth, kindness and wisdom were evident as he spoke of his beloved wife, raising children, loving his grandchildren and traveling the world. So sweet, so humble, such a light to the world. I am blessed to have met him, and I thank the Lord for the wisdom he shared with me. I will miss him very much, but I know he's in heaven with his wife and our Jesus.

Carol Preite

March 14, 2011

For the many years that we were privileged to be friends of Jim and Shirley Archer, our lives were enriched. Their goodness and genuine concern for humanity has forever left a place in our hearts. One of the ways that their legacy of goodness will be carried on is by the efforts of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary through the Shirley Archer Caring Heart Fund - special projects are undertaken each year in the name of this project. This year, we will honor the memory of our dear departed friend, Col. James Archer. Miss you Colonel.

Ralph Armstrong

March 12, 2011

I just want to express my appreciation for having known Jim. He always had a positive attitude toward living and was truly a great guy. May you find comfort in knowing that God is now looking after Jim and he is home with the Lord.