Arch C. Messer, age 80, of Greenville passed away Thursday afternoon, December 24, 2020 in UPMC Hamot, Erie.
He was born in Wilkinsburg, PA on September 2, 1940 a son of Archibald C. Messer, Sr. and Cora M. (Wagner) Messer. He was a 1958 graduate of Triadelphia High School, Wheeling, WV and a 1962 graduate of West Liberty State College where he received his BS in Accounting.
On June 24, 1961 Arch married the former Carolyn L. Snyder, she survives. He was employed at Werner Ladder Company until his retirement in 2005. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Greenville where he was treasurer and formerly on the Board of Trustees. He was a board member and past president of Greenville Little League, a director on the Greenville School Board, a founding member of the Greenville Area Community Theater, Treasurer of Shenango Valley Chorale, Treasurer and board member of Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Arch was an accomplished singer and sang in the church choir and Shenango Valley Chorale, he would sing in the summer at multiple churches and called it his “summer tour” and also sang for weddings and funerals; he sang every year in “Handel’s Messiah”. He was an avid Pittsburgh fan especially the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, William A. Messer and his wife Kathi of Silver Lake, OH, Archibald C. Messer III and his wife Mary Ann of Erie, James C. Messer of Farrell; Tammy Opalenik, Michael Messer’s companion; a sister, Sara Jean Messer Miller of Wheeling, WV ; eight grandchildren, Todd A. Messer and his wife Courtney, Amy Lynne Messer and her husband Alex, Celia M. Messer, Sadie E. Messer, Connor Jase-Patrick Anderson, Ayden Caige Messer, Tommy Gallagher, and Anne Marie Gallagher; and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Ralph Harris, in-laws William and Doris Snyder, son Michael Laine Messer, who passed on December 12th, two brother-in-laws Charles E. Miller, and Morris E. Jacobs, a niece Gretchen Miller, and a nephew Douglas E. Jacobs.
Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, a private viewing will be held Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville. Burial will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be to First Presbyterian Church, Choir Fund, 323 Main St., Greenville, PA 16125; Shenango Valley Corale, 51 Chestnut St., Sharon, PA 16146, or Greenville Symphony Orchestra, 38 Packard Avenue, Greenville, PA 16125.
I am so sorry for your loss. Arch was a steady presence for GSO Board.
Arch was a light in every room. It was a privilege to share the stage with him. He will always be in our hearts. My deepest sympathies.
I have such fond and vivid memories of Arch and his voice. There was that one anthem with a solo that one of his sons referred to as “Daddy’s Song.” My sympathies to the entire family.
My thoughts and prayers are going out to you all. May God keep you wrapped in his loving arms.
Arch is the kind of human being we should all strive to be. Involved, caring, loving, humorous, and humble. We are all better to have known him. Love and Blessings to all and may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Arch will be remembered, not only for his talent and abilities, but for his selfless dedication to all the many interests in his life. He will be missed. May his family be comforted in the thoughts and prayers of those who knew him.
My thoughts and prayers are being sent for the entire Messer family. I am very sorry for your loss.
Prayers and condolences
arch was my good friend. iwiil miss him, but i will never forget him.my,betty lou and i are praying, for your confort, and healing in this time of need
Dear Carolyn, Our sympathy to you and your Family. God bless you and give you strength.
Dear Carolyn, Our sympathy to you and your Family. God bless you.
Our sincere sympathy to the family of a dear friend. I worked with Arch for many years and enjoyed his humor and friendship very much.
I worked on the GSO board with Arch for many years. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences for your loss.
Hello Bill. My sympathy to you old friend as I realize that your father and brother have both recently passed. Losing a parent is perhaps one of the most challenging things in life to endure, let alone also losing a brother only a few weeks ago. You and your family are in my prayers bud. Hang in there. We we see our dads again one day. I truly believe this.
Arch was a light that shined so bright in so many lives. It was impossible to feel down around him because he was always lifting you up with support, kind words, and his amazing ability to make you smile and laugh. I am honored to have had the opportunity to sing with him and share the stage with him many times. His physical presence will be missed, but I’m sure he will remain a presence in so many hearts and beautiful memories.