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Charles S. "Chuck" Palmateer

1944 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Charles S. "Chuck" Palmateer Obituary
Charles "Chuck" S. Palmateer, 70, of Petoskey, passed away at his Walloon Lake home on March 10, 2014, with Brenda, his wife of 45 years, by his side. Chuck was born January 5, 1944, in Yale, MI, to Glenford and Phyllis (Kalbfleisch) Palmateer.

Chuck graduated from Yale High School in 1962. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1966, a master's degree in Counseling, 1968, both from Central Michigan University. He worked his way through college as a mason and brick layer on several dorms on campus. He began his career as a guidance counselor in 1968, for Saginaw Public Schools. In 1976, he received his master's in social work from the University of Michigan. He worked as a counselor and a social worker with the Saginaw Public Schools for 32 years. Chuck was a true student advocate, and a strong supporter of the YMCA, serving on the advisory board.

Chuck started Palmateer Construction, Inc. in Saginaw in 1970. For over 35 years he operated the masonry company. During those years he trained many young men to become skilled masons, but he was most honored to have had his two sons work with him and learn the trade.

He was a firm believer in "quality" work which became the Palmateer Construction, Inc. company motto, "Quality is our Foundation." Chuck was a member, volunteer and supporter of Habitat for Humanity.

Chuck lived a life on Christian belief, hard work and responsibility. He was an avid athlete. He especially enjoyed golf and was most delighted with his hole-in-one while a member at Bay City Country Club. He often told others that one of his greatest coaching accomplishments in his life was to teach his wife the drama major how to water ski, snow ski and golf. He enjoyed reading and discussing books about history, business and politics.

He was so proud to watch both sons graduate from Hope College, and to watch his grandchildren and their activities. He counted himself blessed to have been able to enjoy "up north" with them.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda; sons, Steven Charles (Karen), Seth Lee (Daniza); grandchildren, Matthew, Joel Charles, Abigail, Sofia and Emma, all of Holland; one sister, Sharon Gonzales of Seminole, Florida; brothers, Glenford (Marion), of Clare, Harold (Linda), Tim (Traci), and Tom of Yale, Donald (Rose), and James (Pam), of North Street; two special cousins, David Palmateer of Bay City, and Mark Lindahl of Iron River; and wonderful friend and fellow Detroit Tiger fan, Joe Bommaritto of Saginaw and Walloon Lake.

Chuck attended Trinity Missionary Church in Petoskey, and was a member of the Petoskey Bay View Country Club.

Cremation has taken place at Lake Michigan Crematory, Inc. of Holland, MI. Private interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery with Reverend Stephen Beigle officiating.
Published in The Holland Sentinel on Mar. 16, 2014
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