Brian David Archer

December 25, 1941July 9, 2010

Brian David Archer, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away at his cottage in the beautiful woods of Northern, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Versile and Emma Archer, and a son, Sean Christopher Beebe. Brian is survived by his wife, Jane Archer of Haslett; brother Bruce (Kathy) Archer of Lansing; sister Bonnie (Frank) Anthony Driesupek of Williamston; sons David ( Janet) Archer of Houston, TX, Geoffrey (Annette) Archer of Muskegon, Gregory Archer of Goshen, IN, and Timothy (Michelle) Beebe of Haslett. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren. Brian always sought out the good in everyone he met and everyone who knew him was made better by being able to call him a friend. He was a lover of sports and avid fan of the Haslett Vikings and the MSU Spartans. Brian was a stage manager for the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and had great respect for the talent and creativity of the people who worked on the stage, as well as those who worked behind the stage. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 2:00 in the afternoon at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. The family will receive friends Monday, from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. and 1 hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Haslett Schools Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o 5450 Marsh Road, Haslett, MI 48840 or the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906 in memory of Brian.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 13, 2010
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 13, 2010
  • Visitation Monday, July 12, 2010

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Eryn Copland

July 26, 2010


I am so sorry for your family's loss. Brian was always kind, thoughtful and friendly. Please don't hesitate to ask if you need anything.

Martha Davis

July 18, 2010

I will be thinking of you and praying to give you strength through your grieving time. Brian was a wonderful person and I know you shared so much with him. He will love you forever, you gave him so much happiness.

Your friend always

Pam Hahn

July 16, 2010

Jane and Family,
Brian was a good friend who treated everyone with kindness and respect. I loved listening to him talk about his wife and family -- always with so much love and joy. He lived for you and your time together. You were ALWAYS #1!
I will miss him, too. See you upstairs, Brian.

Jane Lott

July 14, 2010

I must echo Jen Frasco’s sentiments exactly. I worked with Brian (and Jen) at Wharton Center in the 90’s; Brian was such a well-liked colleague by all Wharton staff. As Jen wrote, backstage was an exciting place, and I too enjoyed visiting with Brian and the guys back there. I am so glad I knew this sweet, kind and gentle-humored man, and I am so saddened to learn of his passing. My deepest condolences to all in Brian’s family.

Adrian Smith

July 13, 2010


Jerry, Lynda Collison

July 13, 2010

Dear Jane and Family,

We were so sorry to hear of your tragic loss and we want you all to know that our concern and prayers are with you all. We are praying for comfort and peace as you face the days ahead.

Love and Prayers,
Jerry, Lynda and Family

Becky Murthum

July 13, 2010

My sincere sympathies to all of those who loved Brian during these hard days. I'm one of those many people who knew Brian at MSU--- though we only crossed paths a few times over the years, and not at all recently, know how sincerely I share that he was always so kind, so easy to get along with, such a good soul to everyone he encountered. As others wrote, his sincerity in the way he lived was striking.

May God's Comforter wrap you up as you grieve, honor his life, and take courage from what you shared in loving him as a family.
-Becky, MSU (Science Olympiad)

Annette Anthony-Eisele

July 13, 2010

Uncle Brian - So it seems like just yesterday we were all swinging in the yard, taking turns begging for you and Grampa to swing us around. Climbing the tree.......I treasure all those family memories. I never heard you yell, rarely saw you get mad. :) Now you've left us so early, but in a way and in a place that no one could have planned any better if they tried. I find some comfort in that. I also find comfort in that you're with Gramma and Grampa and Sean now. Give them all a big hug for me and I will see you all when I get there. Love, Annette

Daniel Hodge

July 13, 2010

Big Bri was a staple in the upbringing of alot of us friends of Seans and Tims. He used to take us backstage to meet some pretty cool folks at the aud. and Wharton, anywhere from Cheap Trick to Sam Kinison, etc. He was always at our sporting events when there wasn't a big event on campus, and I'll never forget the freezer full of T.V. dinners that he always kept stocked. I dont know if we ever left anything in there for him, but he never gave us too much crap for it. Sorry for your loss Jane, but know that our memories of Big Bri will last forever! Love you guys!

Duncan Whalen

July 13, 2010

I will certainly miss catching up with "Big Bri" every year when I come back to MI. Brian and Jane both played an important role in raising me, teaching me right from wrong, the value of apologies and forgiveness and simply how to be a good person. Brian was a model "gentleman" so most of his teachings were by example.

I have many fond memories with the Archer/Beebe family at Lake 'O the Hills, Okemos Rd, Haslett Rd, Pine Lake, Haslett games, MSU games and of course Pecks Lake. Brian is a big part of all of those memories and I am grateful to him and Jane (as well as Tim, Dave, Greg, Geoff and Sean) for being such a big part of my life.

I regret that I cannot attend the funeral to pay my respects in person, but I am certainly comforted knowing Jane and the rest of the family have such a large extended "family" to support them in this difficult time. I know I am only one of many that think of Big Bri and Jane as a second set of parents.