Palmer is survived by his loving wife Jo-Anne (nee Koller-Rathke); Loving Father of Richard (Lori) Rathke, Daniel (Laurie) Rathke, Lori (Shawn) Best and Todd (Kristina) Schmidt; Devoted Grandfather to Jessica Glab, Katie Best, Kaily Rathke, Andrew Best, Samuel Rathke, Michael Rathke, Scott Rathke, Elizabeth Schmidt; and Great-Grandfather to Aryah and Max Glab; Dear brother of Orville Schmidt, Louvella (Rev. Ronald) Schultz; and brother-in-law of Herman Kuether. Further survived by other relatives and many friends. Palmer was preceded in death by grandson Nicholas Rathke; sisters: Audrey (John) Schlehlein, Amy Kuether and sister-in-law Geraldine Schmidt.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 2:00 PM at Our Savior Lutheran Church 1332 Arrowhead Dr. Grafton. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 12 Noon – 1:45 PM. Memorials to Our Savior Lutheran Church appreciated.