Sumner R. Archer, 79

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TOPSHAM — Sumner R. Archer, 79, died Sept. 22 at Maine Medical Center, Portland.

He was born May 11, 1934, in Rockland, the son of Sumner B. and Frances Dobbins Archer.

He was educated in Thomaston schools and graduated from Thomaston High School in 1952. Archer entered the U.S. Marine Corps the following year, and was honorably discharged in 1956. He was very proud of his service in the Marines.

Archer went on to work in the telephone industry, helped construct the Maine Yankee power plant, and eventually served with Bath Iron Works, from which he retired after 30 years.

He married Barbara Parker on Dec. 31, 1988.

Archer enjoyed sports, especially the Patriots, Red Sox and horse racing. He also liked card games, his favorite being Texas hold ’em. He loved his cat, Skoshi, who recently died after giving him 18 years of companionship.

He was a life member of the American Legion Smith Tobey Post 21 in Bath, and a member of the Evergreens Club in Brunswick.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Barbara; sons Scott Archer and wife Lisa, Tom Archer and Michael Archer; daughter Maria Archer; stepchildren William Toothaker and wife Debra, David Toothaker and wife Peggy, and Deborah Grobe and husband Carl; five grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.

Burial with military honors will be held Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.

Donations in Archer’s memory may be made to the Coastal Humane Society, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick.