Glenn D.  Archer

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Glenn D. Archer, Savoy, formerly of Allerton, went to meet his Lord, Savior and family at the gates of Heaven on Monday, August 12, 2019, at University Rehabilitation Center in Urbana.
Glenn was born February 8, 1924, in Allerton, where he was raised and lived for the majority of his life. His parents were Cecil and Bertha Lazzell Archer.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn (Jones) Archer, and siblings Helen Ennis, Opal Whitson and Ruth Stiegman; a grandson Cody Patton; and a great-grandson, Austin Archer.
He is survived by his current wife of 30 years, Helen (White) Archer; children, Don (Barbara Delanois) Archer, Oakwood, and Shelley (Jim) Patton, Sidell; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild.
Glenn grew up on the same street where his family lived for over 100 years. He attended Allerton High School and graduated in 1943. While in school, he was an outstanding athlete lettering in basketball, track and softball. Sports writers in the Danville Commercial-News tagged him as "Smiling Archer" because he would always have a big smile on his face when scoring a basket. Later he was on an all-star basketball team in Danville that played against the Harlem Globetrotters.
Glenn always talked about competing against Dike Edelman in the high jump and Olympian Bob Richards in the pole vault while going to the state track meet for three years.
As an adult, Glenn was a fast-pitch softball player, bowler, golfer, horseshoe pitcher and loved playing any and all types of games.
After high school, Glenn went to work with his father, Cecil, doing construction work. Glenn and his father and later his son built over 200 houses, apartments, farm buildings and commercial buildings of which the majority stand today as a tribute to his construction knowledge and abilities.
He was a member of Allerton United Methodist Church, Allerton Lions Club and a 32nd Degree Mason and Grand Master from 1966-1973 at the Broadlands Masonic Lodge 791 AF&AM.
Visitation will take place 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, August 24, at the Joines Funeral Home, 401 W. Gillogly Street, Newman, with a memorial service following. Masonic Funeral Rites will be given at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, northeast of Newman, following the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Shriners Children's Hospital of Chicago (donate.lovetothe rescue.org) or to Allerton United Methodist Church.
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