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Archie Euwer

Oct 06, 2017


July 23, 1925 - October 1, 2017

It is sad - but no longer will we see Archie in his art studio, brush in hand, working on another painting, carving another sculpture or throwing another clay pot. Archie left us October 1, 2017 at his home in Palmer surrounded by his loved ones.

Archie was born in Fort Scott, Kan. on July 23, 1925. In 1935, the family moved to Washington, Iowa, where his interest in art began. He graduated from Washington High School in 1942. His love for swimming put him in charge of the town swimming pool even while in high school.

In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to join his Seaman father. At the end of World War II, he began his academic education. He received his B.A. degree in Art from Iowa Weslyan College in 1949, his M.A. in Art from the University of Iowa in 1952 and his M.F.A. from the University of Oregon in 1957.

Archie taught art in public schools as well as being a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa. He was a Professor of Art at Madison University in Virginia and Pacific University in Anchorage. He has paintings exhibited at the Anchorage Museum, at the University of Alaska as well as in many private homes.

Archie married Verna Reth in 1953 and they celebrated 64 years of married life in 2017. As teachers, they journeyed to Alaska with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, before statehood. This eventually led them to reside in Palmer, Ala. where Archie taught Junior High School students until his retirement in 1979. During his retirement, Archie and Verna traveled extensively around the world, visiting over 65 different countries. Besides the joy of traveling, they visited art museums, historical areas and enjoyed many operas in the great opera houses of the world.

Archie is survived by his wife, Verna; his son, Errol and partner, Myrna in Anchorage; his sister, Dorothy Kokesh of Denver, Colo.; and his sister, Marjorie and her husband William Reif of Belle Fourche, S.D.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 3-6 p.m. at their residence, 317 West Eagle Avenue in Palmer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Friends of the Palmer Public Library

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