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Dick Palmer - August 19, 2012


Dick Palmer was born on July 13, 1935 at Maywood, Neb. He was the only child born to Everett “John” and Yvonne Jackson Palmer. He grew up in the Hayes Center, Neb. and Maywood area and attended school in Maywood until his junior year when he transferred into North Platte, Neb. He graduated from North Platte Senior High School in 1954. He moved to Denver and worked for Martin Aircraft.
Dick was inducted into the United States Army in 1957 and after basic training he was married to Rachel Norma Knight on Dec. 28, 1957 in Englewood, Colo. Dick and Rachel lived at Ft. Lewis in Washington and Ft. Bliss in Texas before his discharge in 1960. They returned to Denver where he again worked for Martin Aircraft and later Hewlett-Packard in Loveland, Colo. He began taking college credit courses and eventually graduated from Western New Mexico University in Silver City.
The family moved to Grant, Neb. in 1977 where Dick formed his own company, Platinum Electronics. He worked installing television disc, smoke alarms, and security systems. He had developed a liver malignancy in March of this year and had been in failing health when he died Sunday morning, Aug. 19, 2012 at his home in Grant. He had reached the age of 77.
In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by one daughter, Susie Palmer, in 2005.
He is survived by his wife Rachel; two daughters, Lesa Quarrell of Las Vegas, Nev. and Kelly and husband Zeb Lee of Grant; three sons, Bill of Grant, Matt and wife Staci of Omaha, and Jason “Tugger” and wife Julie of Livermore, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a half-brother, Barry Palmer, of North Platte; other relatives and friends.
His body was cremated. Rosary will be recited on Thursday night, Aug. 23., at 7 p.m. at the Grant Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Aug. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Mother of Sorrows Church with Father Mark Pfeiffer celebrant.
Burial of cremains will occur at a later date in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.