CLINTON — Waite H. Archer, 79, of Lafayette, died at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at his residence. He was born on Feb. 12, 1929, in Clinton, Vermillion County, to the late Dr. Odell and Mary Hedges Archer. He was a graduate of Clinton High School and Purdue University. He played baseball for Purdue, then turned pro and played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies, signing his contract in 1950 and playing second base. He served in the U.S. Army as a pilot during the Korean War, from 1952 to 1955 and was a lieutenant. On Dec. 3, 1976, he married Charlotte E. Hofer, in Lafayette, and she survives. Mr. Archer was an independent insurance agent for CLU and CHFC, training over 100,000 agents during his career.
He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church and was a former member of Carmel Lutheran Church. He also was a member of American Legion Post 11, Jerusalem Masonic Lodge 99, Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Million Dollar Round Table for Insurance Sales and Leadership, and was a life member of the Underwriters Association. He enjoyed Bible study, barbershop singing, baseball and horse racing.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Elizabeth A. Lana and husband Michael, Cynthia J. Jennings and Ann Marie Johnson and husband Ron, all of Lafayette; two sons, Brad P. Brooks and wife Heather and D. Todd Archer and wife Cherri of West Lafayette; and a twin brother, Wayland L. Archer of Carmel. Also surviving are grandchildren, Nicole, Stephanie, Jack, Katie, Brooks, Brandon, Ashley, Cheyenne, Eric, Jessica and Keaton; and great-grandchildren, Jackson and Gabrielle.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. memorial service today in St. James Lutheran Church, in Lafayette, with Pastor Luther Burnette officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. James Lutheran Church, 800 Cincinnati St., Lafayette, IN 47901 or Purdue Foundation/Baseball Stadium, 403 W. Wood St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2007, memo: Waite Archer. Soller-Baker Funeral Home in Lafayette, assisted with the arrangements.