James E. "Jim" Palmquist (1917 - 2018)

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James E. "Jim" Palmquist passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018, where he lived at Havenwood-Heritage Heights in Concord. He was 100 years old and was engaged in life.

Jim was born on Oct. 3, 1917, to Elisabeth Florin Palmquist and Ernst Eugene Palmquist in Chicago, where he was raised. He met and married his first wife, Isabel Disz, while living in Chicago. He joined the Army Air Corps about a week after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and served through the end of the war attaining the rank of Captain. He was trained as a bombardier/navigator and served in the western states and Asia. Given his military service, it was symbolic that he died on the historical date for Memorial Day.

Jim's career took him from Chicago to Indiana and then New Jersey. He met his current wife, Muriel Rodgers Anderson Palmquist, in New Jersey. In retirement, they moved to Chichester to be close to her daughter, Joan Robinson, who lives in Fremont.

Muriel succeeds Jim and lives in Exeter. His family and friends held a 100th birthday party for him last October. It was a great celebration of his life in which he fully participated.

Jim was the father of three children, Jim Palmquist of Macungie Pa., Joan Turner of Gainesville Va. and Pamela Palmquist Bingham of Barrington. He had six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was a radio amateur, a leader in VFW for many years including service as a Post Commander and part of the Masons. His career was as the industrial insurance executive for manufacturers like International Harvester, Studebaker Corporation and the aircraft building industry.

He will be interred at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Christ Church PCA, 146 Sheep Davis Road (Route 106), Pembroke, NH 03275.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on June 5, 2018
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