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.