Stanley James Archer

June 8, 1934August 25, 2011

Marengo - Jim Archer, 77, of Marengo died Thursday, August 25, 2011 at his home.

He was born June 8, 1934 in Harvey, Illinois to Stanley A. Archer and Gertrude (Hackenbroch) Archer. On December 2, 1961 he married Melodie L. Trost in Marengo.

He graduated from Purdue University in 1957 and shared ownership of Marengo Steel Products, Inc. for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, following all types of sports, dancing, swimming, gardening, and collecting antiques.

He is survived by his wife, Melodie, his daughter, Beth Archer, stepchildren Marleen Gibson and Wayne (Theresa) Zierer, a step-granddaughter, Jasmine Gibson and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, his parents, two sisters and an infant brother.

Visitation will be from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday, August 28 at Zion Lutheran Church, 408 Jackson St., Marengo.

Visitation will continue at 10am until the 11am funeral service on Monday, August 29 at the church.

Interment will be in Marengo City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Heartland Hospice, or McHenry County Historical Society.

For information call the funeral home at 815-568-8131. Online condolences may be left at


  • Visitation Sunday, August 28, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, August 29, 2011
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 29, 2011

Stanley James Archer

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August 31, 2011

We miss you Jim. You were a great man & a joy to be with. You'll be in our hearts forever. --Your ACC girls @ St. Anthony

August 28, 2011

I met Jim when we were serving together in the National Guard Unit in Woodstock. Our summer training camps were not pleasant experiences for me, but Jim's jokes and apt remarks to his friends made it bearable and often downright fun. David Trumbel and Bonnie Trumbel

Denise Ahlgren

August 27, 2011

Melodie & family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Jim was a great man! Always seemed so in love with you Melodie when I watched you two round dance. I will say a prayer for you & for him. May he be comfortable & at peace. He is home now.

A Heartfelt Message

August 27, 2011