PRESQUE ISLE – Merritt L. Archer, 93, died Nov. 3, 2003, at a Presque Isle hospital. He was born in Castle Hill, Nov. 3, 1910, the son of the late Bertram and Mable (Brymer) Archer. Mr. Archer grew up in Presque Isle then entered into military service on Jan. 22, 1941, with Battery A of the national Guard. He went overseas in active duty on Aug. 22, 1943 and was awarded five campaign medals for service in Africa, Italy, France and finally Germany. Mr. Archer was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart with Bronze Cluster. He was a member of the VFW Post 2599 as a post commander and service officer. Merritt and his wife, Viola (McClain) lived in St. Petersburg, Fla. for 32 years, where he was employed for the city. They returned to Presque Isle in June of 1992 and settled into the Leisure Gardens’ Apartments. Mr. Archer was predeceased by his wife on July 15, 1994. After the death of his wife, Mr. Archer took yearly trips to Florida and enjoyed his winters there. He is survived by three sisters, Anna Tompkins of Presque Isle, Shirley Johnson of Ladson, South Carolina and Clara Robinson of Kansas; one brother, Donald Archer of Presque Isle, also several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; one great-great-nephew and two great-great-nieces. He loved his family. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Fairmount Cemetery, Presque Isle with the Rev. Dr. Thomas Blackstone officiating. A military committal service will be held following service. Arrangements in the care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, Presque Isle.