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Jack Palmer

Jack Andrews Palmer

MANSFIELD: Jack Andrews Palmer, 95, of Mansfield, OH died December 31, 2013. Born December 21, 1918 in Mansfield, he was the son of the late David C. "Dude" and Helen M. Andrew Palmer. He graduated from Mansfield Senior High in 1937 where he played football. As a teenager, he worked for his uncles at Palmer's Bakery delivering bread.

Jack was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army. He was inducted on November 19, 1941 at Ft. Hayes in Columbus. On November 28, he was assigned to the 267th Quartermaster Baking Company in Fort Lee, Virginia. His company served in the British Isles, Africa, and Italy from May 1942 until July 1945. Jack was discharged on August 27, 1945. For more than 50 years, the men from Ohio and surrounding states gathered for an "Army reunion". His closest buddies, Ernie, Ike, Jake, Mondo, Dick, Pinkie, Tony, Jack, and Jerry preceded him in death. After his discharge, Jack worked at Palmer's Bakery until 1950, Mansfield Tire until 1964, and then retired from Tappan Company in December of 1983.

Jack was a past commander of American Legion Post 16 and Chef de Gare of the 40 et. 8. He was a Kentucky Colonel and member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Jack leaves behind his wife, Dorothy Helen Blackstone Palmer, whom he married August 5, 1945. Jack and Dorothy had two daughters and sons in-law; Diann and Bill Sites of Lucas and Joyce and Randy Dudley of Bellville. Jack loved his grandchildren, and more recently, they always had to be ready for his inevitable questions regarding their lives. He never failed to challenge them with thoughtful inquiry into what they had been up to. His grandchildren and spouses are; Andy Sites, Amy (Matt) Secrist, Denise (Jim) Hicks, Matthew (Jennifer) Dudley, Brandon Sites, and Eric Sites. Great grandchildren include; Nick, Kalie, Jimmy, Paige, Jackson, Benjamin, Caroline, and Elizabeth. Also surviving are his brother in-law and special friend, who always referred to Jack as "Chairman of the Board", Carl Pfeiffer; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Palmer; sister in-law, Norma Pfeiffer; and niece, Laurie Sisco Hergatt.

Jack was a very curious man and was never afraid to point his finger at you and ask whatever question was on his mind. Everything he did, he did with 110% and he expected the same from those he loved. There was no room for sloth in Jack Palmer. He truly cared for his family and all those around him. He will be greatly missed.

The Wedgewood was his home and he appreciated all the special love and kindness that was expressed to him over the last 7 and a half years.

Funeral services, conducted by Bill Sites, will be held Friday, January 3, 2014 at 1:30p.m. at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Military services conducted by the Richland County Joint Veteran's Burial Detail will be held at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr., Ashland, OH 44805.

Online guest registry at www.wappner.com

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Published in the News Journal on Jan. 2, 2014
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