Archie Lee Deere, 87, passed away on October 10, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Archie was born on May 12, 1931 in Reichert, Oklahoma to Oscar and Mary (Newman) Deere. He was a resident of Reichert, Oklahoma and had resided at the Talihina Veterans Center for the past eight years.
He is survived by:
His wife of 65 years:
Patsy Deere of the home
LaVern Brown of Grandbury, Texas
Kay Gardenhire of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
Sherry and Michael Deere of Summerfield, Oklahoma
Tyler Gardenhire and wife LeeAnn of Heavener, Oklahoma
Ramsey Lee and Addison Kate Gardenhire
Numerous loving nephews, nieces, and many friends
Archie was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Finis Deere; three sisters, Zelma Melton, Eva Stockton, and Charlotte Pierce; his son, Archie Dave Deere; his son-in-law, Phil Gardenhire; and two nephews, Tony Plumlee and Tommy Joe Wiles.
He was a Veteran in the U.S. Army, fighting in the Korean Conflict, 2nd Infantry Division. Archie began his career as a butcher, working for A.L. Davis in Fort Worth, Texas. He then moved his family back to the Reichert community and worked for the Smittles at Piggly Wiggly in Heavener. In 1964, Archie joined the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and retired as an Inspector from the State in 1986.
Archie was an accomplished horseman and trained cutting horses for clients in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 12, 2018 at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Reichert with Mr. Tyler Gardenhire officiating.
Burial will follow in Reichert Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.
Pallbearers will be: Mike Stockton, Michael Deere, Tyler Gardenhire, Glen Vaughn, Brandon Moody, and Bobby Dean Johnson.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: R.O. White, Bob Johnston, and Buck Moody.
The family would like to send a special thanks to the Talihina Veterans Center for eight years of excellent care and Peachtree Hospice for their compassionate and professional care.
Viewing will be from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Thursday and 8:30 a.m. until noon, Friday.
To sign Mr. Deere’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com