Ronald Marion Archer


Ronald Marion Archer
Ronald Marion Archer

Ronald Marion Archer, 79, of Amarillo, TX, went to be with the Lord on July 5, 2021. He was surrounded by his two daughters, wife, extended family, and dear friends.

A memorial service will be at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Nick Kendall officiating.  Arrangements are made by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, TX.

Ronald (Ron) was born June 27, 1942, in Sayre, Oklahoma to Marion and Fleta Archer.  Ron was the youngest of three siblings along with sisters Billie and Patricia.  The family had modest beginnings, but Ron came from a family full of character, hard work ethic, and strong Christian values.

God gave Ron a stubborn spirit full of perseverance and it served him well in life.  At the age of 8, Ron contracted polio in his legs. He fought the battle against polio for a year and became exceedingly skilled on crutches and braces. As he grew older, Ron never saw polio as a limitation to what he desired to accomplish.

In 1955, Ron’s family moved to Amarillo. In high school, Ron excelled at his favorite sport, baseball, and could hit the ball deep almost every time.  Ron would tell his children, “If I didn’t hit it deep, I couldn’t run fast enough to be safe at first.”  The highlight of his baseball career was when he stole 2nd base in a game one day.  Ron joyfully beamed as he told the story of the opposing team’s shocked faces. Additionally, Ron was an excellent trombonist in Palo Duro’s show band. He was always helpful, excelled academically, didn’t know a stranger, and was loved by his classmates.

His senior year of high school, Ron met the love of his life, Sarah, and they were married at the age of 18. In 1964 Ron began his life-long career working for the Internal Revenue Service.  Upon retiring, he began a private tax consulting business that he continued to run out of his home until his death. During the early years of his career, Ron and Sarah began helping their dear friends, Jerry and Linda Thomas build their house in Tascosa Hills.  The two families worked side by side to complete the Thomas’ house. Months later, Ron and Sarah decided to build their own home and purchased land across a creek from the Thomas’ house. Little did the two families know the plans God had for each family and how he would intertwine them together decades later.

Ron and Sarah had 4 children: April, Ronnie, Leslie, and Donnie. They were very active in the church, and Ron had a deep and evangelistic love for the Lord.  Ron taught a Sunday school class for years and developed many cherished friendships.  Anyone who met him saw his love for Jesus in his words and actions.  Ron had a passion for sharing the gospel with others.  When not sharing his love for the Lord or at work, Ron loved riding motorcycles. He took trips as often as he could for several years. Those trips with family and friends brought an immense joy to his life.

Ron and Sarah had the blessing of seeing all 11 grandchildren born prior to her death in 2013 from a battle with cancer. Shortly after his loss, God graciously brought Linda and Ron together.  Both being now widowed; a love and companionship began to grow.  On February 1, 2014, Ron and Linda exchanged vows and began their new life together.

For the last eight years, Ron and Linda have spent each day growing their relationship and spending time in prayer and scripture. Their unconditional support and grace for each other to remember Sarah and Jerry was evident to all of their kids.  Together, they found a new love.  Endless hours were spent together relaxing on their porch, talking, reading God’s word, praying together, and watching the sun set.  Ron died a rich man, not by finances, but by the treasures he stored up in Heaven. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Fleta; his sister, Billie; his first wife, Sarah; son, Ronnie (Ron); and son, Donnie.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; sister, Patricia Goddard of New Castle, Indiana; daughter, April Haraden of Amarillo; daughter, Leslie Kendall of Lee’s Summit, MO; three stepsons; one stepdaughter; eleven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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17 Replies to “Ronald Marion Archer”

  1. Ron was a special friend to me during my career and after we both retired. I will truly miss our conversations and the laughs we shared together. I am praying God’s blessings on his family. I am sorry I won’t be able to be there for his service.

    Rufus Pollard

    1. Ronnie was a close friend in high school. I’m saddened by his death but he left a beautiful legacy

  2. I wish I could have told Ronnie just one more time how special knowing him was to me. He made me be a better person, just seeing him overcome the challenges in his life! I know he is in GOD’s arms, but doesn’t make me hate his loss any the less!

  3. I’m so sorry I won’t be able to make the Service but Ron was an outstanding manager at the IRS and we all looked up to him. May God wrap him in His loving arms.

  4. I also knew Ron through our careers in the IRS, but he started 8 years ahead of me. He and another manager named Ken Smith had become legends in the Dallas District. They were the true trail blazers, the kind of manager I hoped to emulate if I ever got the chance. I came to his retirement, even in Dallas he was highly respected as a leader. A truly fine man.

  5. Ron was our S/school teacher after my husband & I got married- he was a blessing to us and helped us grow in the word of the Lord-heaven just go a good servant and a witness to every body he came in touch with-he was greeted and was told “Come on in – you great & faithful servant “

  6. I graduated with Ronnie in 1960 from Palo Duro High School. He was a super nice guy.

    Comfort and prayers for his family.

  7. Linda – Our deepest sympathies for your loss. So glad you have family nearby to be help you cope with this tragedy.

  8. Ron and Linda gave me encouragement and hope after my wife De passed away on July 5, 2020, exactly one year before Ron’s passing. I will always remember Ron’s compassion and kindness. May God bless the family with His mercy, peace, and love.

  9. I became acquainted with Ron during our years at IRS. He was an exceptional gentleman. God bless him and all of you that loved him.

  10. I had just had the pleasure of meeting Ron & Linda, and was sad to hear about his accident and just wanted to let Linda know that I am praying for peace and comfort for you and the family in the next days to come.

  11. 60 years ago we graduated from Palo Duro with both your parents. It was a blessing to have also been neighbors for the last 40 plus years. Our prayers are with your precious family. God continues to bless.

  12. Lynda,

    So so sorry for your loss. The story of you and Ron is so touching. May God be with you and comfort you and the rest of the family at this time.


    Virginia Guillory

  13. Ron was a great boss to me and friend. He taught me a lot and was very considerate to all who worked for him. He will be missed.
    So very sorry for your family’s great loss.

  14. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to Ron’s wonderful family. This is a huge loss for those of us that knew Ron and loved him, but a huge gain for him joining his Heavenly Father. Prayers for each of you. May you find comfort, knowing what a Godly, loving person Ron was. Ron will be greatly missed. Many prayers and blessings.

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