He was born April 12, 1936, at Mulberry, Kan., the son of Ira and Ruth (Pilkington) Palmer. He graduated from Mulberry High School in 1954.
On Dec. 30, 1954, he was united in marriage to Geri Rhodes at Arma, Kan. She survives at the family home.
Mr. Palmer served in the United States Air Force.
He was a heavy equipment operator for P&M Coal Company and Midwest Mining.
Membership was held in Countryside Christian Church, United Mine Workers of America and the American Legion.
In addition to his wife, Geri Palmer, he is survived by a son, Bob Palmer and his wife, Janet, of Nevada; a daughter, Cindy Berry and her husband, Pat, of Kansas City, Mo.; a granddaughter, Angela Lamb of Overland Park, Kan.; two grandchildren, Levi and Grace Palmer of Nevada; a sister, Lucille Herrell of Butler, Mo.; and a nephew, Will Palmer and his wife, Vicki, of Pittsburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bill Palmer; a sister, Florence Palmer; and a nephew, Wayne Palmer.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 16, at the Brenner Mortuary with the Rev. Dan Moss officiating. Inurnment of the cremains will follow in the Frontenac City Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, to sign the register at the funeral home.
Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, Kan.