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Russell Walker Palmer


09/22/1931 - 04/25/2014 Obituary
Russell Walker Palmer Obituary
Russell Walker Palmer was born September 22, 1931, the eldest child of Clarence and Mabel (Amburgy) Palmer in Beattyville, Kentucky. He grew up in the hills and as a young boy he often rode a mule for miles down a dirt path to take corn to the mill and have it ground for his mother. In his elementary years he attended a one room schoolhouse in Long Shoal, Kentucky. He spent the first two years of high school living in town with his uncle who was the sheriff and had quarters over the jail. Another uncle and aunt took him to Indiana to live with them for his last two years of high school. He joined the Air Force in 1952 and was stationed at a radar base in Madera, CA. Russell met Mary Lou Chapman in Madera and they were married in 1953 spending the last sixty plus years together.
Russell worked for San Joaquin Cotton Oil and was transferred to Bakersfield in 1964. Later he was manager of Rosedale Co-op Gin for many years. He finished his Ag career with Calcot.
Russell was a member of the First Baptist Church of Greenacres (now Grace Baptist) and served as an usher, treasurer, and deacon over the years. He also belonged to the Rosedale Highway Lion's Club since 1964 serving as treasurer for over 35 years.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his brother Jimmy, and his sister Lucille. A devoted family man, he is survived by his wife Mary Lou and their children and spouses; Rodney Palmer (Margaret) , Rebecca Elrich ( Daryl), Richard Palmer ( Brenda); grandchildren Bethany Mayott (Ron), Nicholas Palmer (Riah), Brent Elrich, Doug Elrich (Amanda), Alex Palmer, Megan Palmer Pruski (Brandon); great granddaughter expected in July; and brother Rodger Palmer (Janet). He is also survived by his large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins in Indiana and Kentucky.
Russell was a kind, gentle man who made friends wherever he went. He enjoyed growing a large garden and sharing his bounty with friends and family. Yearly fishing trips to June Lake and regular trips to the coast with friends were highlights for him. He also liked spending time at the cabin he and Mary Lou have at Shirley Meadows. After his retirement he traveled with his family to reunions in Indiana where he enjoyed visiting with his extended family. He especially enjoyed a trip back to his boyhood home in Kentucky with his wife, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Through his battle with Alzheimer's disease, Russell never lost his sweet, gentle spirit. The family wishes to thank the staff of Agape In Home Care, Glenwood Gardens, and Hoffman Hospice. Graveside services will be held at Shafter Memorial Park, 18662 Santa Fe Way, Shafter on Wednesday, April 30 at 9:30 am, followed by a Memorial service at 11:00 am at Grace Baptist Church, 2550 Jewetta Ave, Bakersfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Central Coast Chapter, 1528 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8820.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
Please send condolences to the family and sign Russell's guestbook at www.GoldenValleyMemorialCare.com.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 29, 2014
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