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Robert G. Palmer passed away May 10, 2017, at home, surrounded by family, after battling a long illness.
Born May 11, 1939, in Union City, Pa., Bob was the son of Russell and Goldie (Guthrie) Palmer. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Edinboro University of Pa., and began his teaching career in Madison, Ohio, in 1962. Two years later he married Teresa Kay Van Nette, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2014. His dedication to education led him to the several administrative positions. He served as the principal for both Lincoln and Pierpont Elementary Schools, coached both basketball and volleyball for the 8th and 9th grade girls, and later completed his career as a sixth-grade teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School.
Bob was an avid model railroader; he participated in Tuesday Night Trains for forty-seven years and attended national railroad conventions; traveled across the US on Amtrak, enjoying the beauty of the country along the way. He was also a sports enthusiast and yearly traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to watch the girl's state basketball tournaments. Bob was a generous blood donor, and donated over 5 gallons to the American Red Cross. He believed giving blood was a great humanitarian aid. He often challenged others to go with him and give the gift of life.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kay Palmer; son, Scott (Marilyn) Palmer of Tampa, Fla.; daughter, Kimberly (Darren) Cook of Waterford, Pa.; and grandchildren, Corwin, Morgan, Gabriella, Sydney, Kathryn, Robert, and Owen.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, J. Allan Palmer.
Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 1200 E. 21st St, Ashtabula. A Calling Hour will be held from 10-11a.m., with Mass immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's name may be given to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, Alzheimer's Association, or the APL in Ashtabula.
The family wishes to acknowledge the kindness and great skills shown by the Great Lakes Caring Hospice, and Debbie White Heath Care.
Published on May 13, 2017
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