LAGRANGE, Georgia (Formerly Youngstown, Ohio) – Stephen A. Palmer, Sr., 83, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017 at his home.
Mr. Palmer was born on December 7, 1933 in Youngstown, Ohio, son of the late Anthony V. and Philomena Pecchio Palmer.
He was a 1962 graduate of Youngstown State University and was a member of the Fraternity Sigma Tau Gamma.
Mr. Palmer had an exceptional award-winning career in the Rubber and Plastic Industry as a Rubber Application Chemist for 38 years. After retirement, he was briefly employed with Publix in the meat department.
Mr. Palmer was a 16-year liver transplant survivor.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, John Menosky.
Born and raised a Catholic, he always worked strongly with the church, beginning with the Holy Name Society and then the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the 4th Degree Knights and started the 4th Degree Assembly #3276 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in LaGrange, where he was a member for the past 16 years. Mr. Palmer also volunteered to work with various groups like St. Vincent de Paul and ushering.
Mr. Palmer proudly served his country, joining the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict, originally serving as a Jet Fighter Mechanic, then working on B-36 Bombers and KC-97 Tankers.
He leaves his wife of 59 years, Nancy Lea Clark Palmer; his children, Tony (Sondra) Palmer, Ruth (Jim) Outman and Stephen (Patti) Palmer, Jr.; grandchildren, Sean (Kelly) Outman, Stephanie (Alex) Doty, Theresa (John) Robinson, Beth (Travis) Milner, Annie Outman, Stephen (Macey, fiancé’) Palmer, Anthony (Jesika) Palmer, Nancy Palmer, Emily (Mitch) Andrews and Donnie (Hollie) Palmer; 15 great-grandchildren, with one to soon arrive; a sister, Theresa Ann Menosky as well as nieces, nephews and several cousins.
A gathering of family and friends will take place on Sunday, June 11 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Schiavone Funeral Home in Youngstown.
A prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 12 at the funeral home with Father Michael Swierz presiding.
Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mayo Clinic, the Boys Town Nebraska or St. Vincent de Paul in memory of Stephen A. Palmer, Sr.
Please visit www.schiavonefh.com to send online condolences to the Palmer family.