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Another Marine was lost : Harry Lee Palmer 1942-2009

Updated on October 11, 2012
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A father, freelance writer and one hell of a cook, Larry Ray Palmer currently resides in a small North East Missouri farm community.

Harry Lee Palmer

My Uncle, Harry Lee Palmer, passed away December 19,2009.
My Uncle, Harry Lee Palmer, passed away December 19,2009.

My Thoughts On A Great Man

My Uncle Harry was a good man. I didn't get the chance to spend much time with him but I can tell you he always spoke his mind and let you know exactly what he thought. He was a very powerful figure and I think his example steered my uncle and namesake, LCPL Larry Ray Palmer, to join the Marines as Harry had done.

Uncle Harry came home from the service in 1963, 4 years before his brother died in Vietnam in September of 1967.

Over the years, I have lost contact with a large portion of my family. Not too long ago, my Uncle Wally passed away and Harry was the one who had to make the difficult decision of when to turn off the machines. I had went through a similar ordeal last year so we talked on the phone for a few minutes. I told him how the decision had really messed up my head and it was then he said something that really helped. He told me " Yes, it's hard. I just hope there's someone who's got the balls to do it when it's my turn."

That's how Harry was. He gave it to you straight.

I know he's up there tonight, looking down and watching over us. May he rest in peace.

The Obituary

TAMMS - Mr. Harry Lee Palmer, 67 of Tamms, formerly of Anna, died at 10:55 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, in City Care Center in Cobden.

He was born Jan. 1, 1942, in Oak Park, the son of Charles O. and Florine Warren Palmer.

Harry is survived by six children, Eileen (Wes) Wilkins of Cobden, Cindy (Tim) Chamness of Anna, Halie Thetford, Harris Wright and twins, Harry and Anna Palmer of Tamms; two sisters, Joan Schoenborn of Winfield, and Linda Suppas of Chicago; two brothers, Dennis Palmer of Carterville and Ricky Palmer of Macon, MO; five grandchildren, Jonathan and Taylor Wilkins and Josie, Katelynn and Jenna Chamness; and other relatives and many friends.

Harry was a self-employed automobile technician for many years and served in the U.S. Marines from 1959 until 1963.

According to his wishes, his body was cremated and a graveside funeral service will be announced later by Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.

This is the obituary as it was originally published in The Southern Illinoisan on December 21, 2009 with the exception of a few clerical errors and ommissions that I have corrected.

 

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      Harris & Family 

      3 years ago

      Hey dad its ya oldest son, future daughter in-law with our beautiful babygirl Raven were just stopping by to say we love you and wish you was still around to see us, its been hell without ya but I just think of the positive stuff from our past and it keeps me going, I can't wait till the day I'm up there with you and to be able to see ya face again dad, love you and miss you so much....

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      Harris 

      4 years ago

      Well dad its been almost 5 years without ya since ya passed away and 5 years for ya missin ya bday its been a living hell without ya here dad we all miss you so dang much wish ya was still around and if I had the proof of the full truth on what happened to you that night justice would be served and you know it dad!!! By the way youd love my fiance and your future grandbaby if its a boy hes being named Landon Lee (havent decided on middle name or other names yet lol) or Taven or if its a girl Raven Marie

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      Larry Ray Palmer 

      5 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Harry Jr... You startled the hell out of me with that comment until I realized it was you. Are you doing alright, cousin?

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      Harry Lee Palmer 

      5 years ago

      it sure is boring in hell, harris come join me my boy

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      cein2011 

      5 years ago

      rip will be miss

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      Harris 

      5 years ago

      I cant believe its been this long already :( Love and miss you dad.

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      Hazel 

      5 years ago

      Sorry for your guys loss with Harry.. it's a shame he didnt even get to meet his grandson Jayden, which is my son.. But, hope hes up in Heaven smiling on everyone.

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      Anna 

      6 years ago

      thanks for surpporting me

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      Larry Ray Palmer 

      7 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Hey Anna,

      Yes, your dad was a great guy and stubborn too. He's up there watching over you kids now and I know he's smiling down on you. I remember he used to give me hell because I tried to talk him into trading that 2 door cadillac for my buick regal one night. If you ever want to chat, just let me know.

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      Anna Palmer 

      7 years ago

      My dad was i nice man,yet sometimes he was suburn. But i loved him alot. He was like my best friend when i was lost he would find me as fast as he could. when i was sad i sat on his lap and he said "sweetie, everything is going to be al right" i really miss my dad but i know he feels better in heaven

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      Larry Ray Palmer 

      8 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Thanks Dean. He was a pretty awesome guy. I wish I had gotten the chance to know him better. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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      cheaptrick 

      8 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      Thanks for sharing this.Your uncle sounds like he could have been a friend of mine.The world is diminished by his passing.

      Thanks

      Dean

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      Larry Ray Palmer 

      8 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Yes, it truly did Vern. It's amazing what a small universe we live in. I'm so glad I ran across hubpages a few months back.

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      Vernon Bradley 

      8 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      Wow! Your hub brought together a few spokes, yea? Thanks for sharing your Uncle with all of us and isn't it amazing that your hub opened the door for others to reconnect to you. Amazing, amazing, amazing GRACE!

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      Larry Ray Palmer 

      8 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Hey Harris,

      I'm glad you found your way here. It was my honor to put you and your sisters names where they belonged. If you ever need anything, feel free to contact me. I've been away from much of the family news for a number of years so I honestly didn't know about you and Halie until just a day ago (actually, I think I may have heard about it but never put 2 and 2 together) but you, your sister and your mother are all welcome members of the family as far as I am concerned and you can bet I will face down any of the others who might challenge that.

      Please stay in touch. Sincerely, Larry Ray Palmer

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      Harris Wright 

      8 years ago

      its just so hard to see and know that he is gone i just cant believe it but i know that its true i dont want to believe it but i need to i love my dad always and forever hes always in my heart and the whole family was at loss when he moved on with life when god needed him the most and i just want to let all the family and friends know they are all in my prayers still no matter what and if some of the family dont accept me or halie i just dont know what to do but were all family and they all know that and larry thank you for making this hub i appreciate it

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      Larry Ray Palmer 

      8 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Thank you for commenting Silver Dove. If you ever need to talk, my email is palmerlarryray@yahoo.com

      Feel free to send me a message.

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      Silver Dove 

      8 years ago

      I lived with Harry for over 15 years and had two wonderful kids by him they are the light of my life and it breaks my heart that he is gone i never truely known love until i met Harry.

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      Larry Ray Palmer 

      8 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Thank you very much. I just got an email from his neighbor and found that cancer was his last battle. It's really sad because he left behind two grown daughters and a set of twins (1 boy/1girl) who are younger than my oldest son.

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      maven101 

      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Larry...My sincere condolences on your loss...Larry

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