Jon P. Archer

September 10, 1943 ‒ June 28, 2015

Sunbury, Ohio

Jon P. Archer, age 71 of Sunbury died Sunday evening June 28, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 10, 1943 in Marietta to the late Virgil C. and Pearl (Hayes) Archer. He was a graduate of Westerville High School Class of 1960. He was in the US Army Reserves and was a retired Heavy Equipment Operator for Graystone Excavating retiring in 1998 with 40+ years of service. He was and long time member of the Ohio Operating engineers Local 18.

Jon was a very gentle and caring man who loved his family deeply. Jon loved doing things for his wife Bertie. Jon enjoyed The Ohio State Buckeyes, Pittsburgh Steelers, NASCAR, wood working and was gifted in creating things from nothing. Jon loved traveling and riding on trains.

He is survived by his wife: Alberta “Bertie” (Redefer) Archer and they were married December 16, 1971 in Westerville; daughters: Sheila (Frank) Lafferty of Westerville, Shelly (Donn) Parker of Mount Vernon , Sherry (Steve) Shumate of Galena; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; canine companion: Charlie.

Preceded in death by sister: Cindy Moore.

Friends may call Thursday from 2-4 p.m. at the DeVore- Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury and the service will follow at 4 p.m. with Pastor Bud Leskovac officiating and Military Honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association. Private inurnment at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Delaware County Humane Society or Make A Wish Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Sherry and Family So sorry to hear of Jon’s passing,my thoughts go out to all of the family. My husband Dick worked with Jon years ago when they both were with D&J Grading, Dick spoke of Jon often when he talked of those days. I know he will be missed..

  • Alberta,
    So sorry to hear of Jon’s passing and another member of the Archer family gone, but he and you and your family have dealt heroically with his health problems for SO long. We probably haven’t let you know enough how much we appreciate how you’ve cared for him, but you, Lady, are a saint. May Jon rest in peace and may you find peace in his passing.
    Melody Archer Shull

  • Sorry for your loss of this kind and gentle man. Bertie, Sheila, Shelly and Sherry my prayers are with you during this sad time as well as your families. May God be with you and give you peace. love, Jona Baer

  • So very sorry to hear of Jon’s death. Prayers for all of your family.

  • So very sorry to hear of Jon’s passing. My Mother really enjoyed his visits, and talked about him alot through the years. Prayers and blessings for all of your family.

  • Bert, This is from Sandi (Mills) Dinovo & Cam (Mills) Farren). From the old neighborhood on Hildreth Ave. We were coming but Cam lives in Columbus & we didn’t want to get caught in a rain storm. We r so sorry for your loss & wanted u to know our prayers r for comfort & peace for u & ur family. We have talked of how much fun we all had (Billy, Cam & me) with u growing up!! We loss Billy 2 years ago in February from cancer, he was 71 like Jon. I remember ur Dad taking us skating on Friday nights & how we enjoyed that. We remember Jon as a quiet gentle young man in high school. He was always friendly & helpful. We remember u introducing Edna to Dave Wickline many years ago & how great it was when they married. Dave & Newt were so good to our brother Billy & took him under their playful care as boys growing up, Billy loved to be with them even though they were a few years older. Cam & I would love to hook up with u for lunch sometime to c u. Please reply if u are available I am leaving my email for u to contact me whenever it’s convenient for u. God Bless you!!!

  • Bertie I’m sorry to hear of your loss and I know he’l l be missed. I can see him while he watched us cooking in the kitchen. Always ready to held round up any containers we needed.

  • Sherry: Just happened to see your name in the obituary about your dad. I am so sorry. Hope you and your family find serenity after all the trauma that death brings. I’m sure your dad was proud of the woman you have become. Love from Laura Tobias Adams