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“We want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers and send our sincerest sympathy. I don't believe I ever saw Shari without a smile. She was...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Deb and Norm Mack - Britton, SD

“So sorry to hear of Shari's passing. My heart goes out to all of you. Many years have gone by since I've seen any of you but I think of you often. A...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Lynn Dylla - Litchfield, MN

“Shari was a wellspring of inspiration to us and we always seemed to receive more encouragement from her spirit than what we could give to her. She...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Jay and Dana Ketterling - Olathe, KS

“Gil, Royal, Amber & Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Shari was a remarkable woman and full of grace. Sending hugs.....Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Jackie Leibel - Leola, SD

“Our prayers for you as you grieve the loss of Shari. Her spirit was a bright one, despite her arduous pain and difficulties caused by her lengthy...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Debra Ball-Kilbourne - Fargo, ND

“Our prayers are with you, Gil, Royal and Amber and families. Shari lit up the room with her smile and laugh, and what a testimony she was to her...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Dale and Joyce Grenz - Groton, SD

“Royal,Royal and Amber,Shari was the sweetest,most soft spoken person I knew.I remember her joyous spirit and wonderful smile.Our prayers go out to...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Sharon Luney - Grand Forks, ND

“May the good Lord comfort you in this time. We have only good memories when you lived in Carthage. ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: John and Diane Hansen - Canova, SD

“God bless Gil, Amber and Royal. Shari was the greatest sister to us and being the oldest she led the way for us at home, at school, at church and in...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Jay Ketterling - Olathe, KS

“So sorry for your and your families lose. Sheri was a shining example of true strength and acceptance of life's situation. She always had...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Mildred Kenzy - Iona, SD - Friend

“My deepest sympathies to you Royal, and your family. I only met Shari on rare Conference occasions but recall her smile. May the Lord grant you peace! ”
11 of 21 | Posted by: Rev. Darwin Kopfmann - Custer, SD

“Royal--So sorry to hear of Shari's death but glad her struggle is over. I remember well the day I met you and Shari for a Board of Ordained Ministry...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Stephen Perry - Anoka, MN

“May the Lord bring your family comfort in your time of sorrow. I loved my visits with Shari, she was always so upbeat and cheerful. Shari touched...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: chris jones - gregory, SD

“Royal and family, so sorry to hear of Shari's passing, such a sweet kind lady, you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Jackie scott - Geddes, SD

“We pray for you at this time ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Betty & Delmar Janke - Olivet, SD

“I am so sorry for your loss! What a beautiful person Shari was inside and out! My thoughts and prayers to all her family! ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Carol Postulka - Pierre, SD

“Prayers to the family. Working at the nursing home will not be the same. Shari will be greatly missed. ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Stacia Paulson - Colome, SD

“It was my honor and pleasure to know Shari in the short time she had with us. She was a blessing, so cheerful and up beat. May the Lord bless the...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: chris jones - Gregory, SD

“Sorry to hear the loss of Shari. You have lots of memories of Shari. She is looking down an smiling at all of you. The last time I seen Shari was at...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Shirley Teterud - Auburn, WA

“Dear Royal and family,We are sorry and saddened to hear of Shari's passing. Keeping you all in prayer. Much love, Susan & Loren Porter ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Susan Porter - Geddes, SD

“My sympathy to Shari's family. I don't believe I have seen Shari since our high school graduation, but I do recall her as very nice gal. We lived...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: MaryKay Hannan - LITCHFIELD, MN


Sharleen (Shari) Marie (Ketterling) Archer was born in Nampa, Idaho, on February 24, 1951. She was the first child of Herbert and Shirley (Campbell) Ketterling. She passed away with her family by her side on March 13, 2017, at the age of 66.

Shari's father (Herb) was a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene. Following his graduation from Northwest Nazarene University the family moved to Hillsboro, ND, where Herb assumed the responsibility as pastor of the local Nazarene Church. The family would later relocate to Ellendale, ND, and Litchfield, MN. Along the journey Shari was joined by three siblings—Dave, Kathy and Jay.

Upon her graduation from high school in 1969, Shari moved to Olathe, KS, to begin her university career in Elementary Education.

1973 was a year of significant changes in Shari's life. In May she graduated with high honors from MANU with a B.S. degree in elementary education. In June she was offered a contract to teach third grade at Sinai-Timmons elementary school near Bonner Springs, KS. With both fathers officiating, Shari was joined in marriage to Royal Archer on August 3, 1973, at the Church of the Nazarene in Litchfield, MN.

Following the long tradition of their families, Shari's husband Royal became a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene. On September 23, 1979, Shari and Royal welcomed a son Royal II. With the new addition of their first child the family made their way to Arlington, TX, where Royal was a youth minister. While in Arlington, on November 09, 1981, they rejoiced in the arrival of their daughter, Amber. Subsequent pastoral assignments included Carthage, SD, Larimore, ND, Aberdeen, SD, Geddes, SD, and Gregory, SD.

In 1985 Shari was "officially" diagnosed with M.S. While the illness was a contributing factor in her life, it was not the determining factor. Despite the continuing loss of her physical abilities, Shari maintained her remarkable and beautiful outlook on life. Shari's love of God and others illuminated even the darkest of days. She resolutely lived so that what you remembered most about her was not the disease, but the presence of Christ living through her.

While it is impossible to list the many things that brought joy to Shari, a small sampling included extensive traveling which often involved numerous unanticipated and unplanned adventures, car rides on country roads, going out to eat, CHOCOLATE and attending events where she could spend time with the church family she so loved, especially the children.

Shari's life was enriched through the many special people she encountered along the way. Words will never be adequate to express the gratitude she felt for the innumerable medical professionals (doctors, nurses, technicians, and CNA's) along with maintenance, laundry, janitorial and kitchen staff who so diligently and compassionately attended to her ever changing and ever increasing needs. Neither are there words to express Shari's gratitude for the church family who for over three decades held her in their hearts as they loved, encouraged, and supported her through some very dark days.

Shari deeply loved her family and cherished the love they returned. She is survived by her husband Royal; children Royal II (Ayla) Archer and Amber (Justin) Carroll; grandchildren Kenna Archer, Liam Archer and Stetson Carroll; brothers Dave (Veronica) Ketterling, Jay (Dana) Ketterling and sister Kathy (Steve) Bisig and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents and father-in-law Roy Archer.