Richard Kevin Palmer
1953 - 2017

Richard Kevin age 63, died Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Garden City Hospital. He was born August 23, 1953 to the late George and Emily Palmer, and was the brother of George (Cindy) Palmer. On July 12, 1997, he married Katherine Billings in Livonia. Rick was the loving father of George (Beccy) and Cindy Palmer, loving step-father of Brandon (Lindsey) Billings, and loving "Tall Papa" to Sabastian, Taylor, Danielle, Jonas, and Stellan. Rick grew up in Garden City, Michigan. He retired from Northwest/Delta in 2011 after 32 years of service. He worked for many years writing and designing newsletter publications for an international union. In 2012, Rick and his wife created, a web and print design company. Rick had an incredibly strong personality, a sarcastic wit, and an excellent sense of humor. He was known as both "the Big Fella'" and "the Gentle Giant" to friends and family. He donated much of his time designing websites and print media for local organizations, including the Garden City Business Alliance and the Garden City Friends of the Library. He also was involved in several Habitats for Humanities projects. Rick was an avowed liberal who enjoyed arguing politics, reading, riding his bicycle, photography, playing his guitar, and traveling with his wife. At Rick's request, his family is hosting a picnic/BBQ on August 23, 2017, from 4-9pm at Garden City Park in place of a traditional funeral. Contributions in Richard Palmer's name can be made to the Garden City Library Building Fund.

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Published by Observer & Eccentric Newspapers on Aug. 20, 2017.
Memorial Gathering
4:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
Garden City Park
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Jim Bahn
August 23, 2017
I am deeply saddened by this news. I'll miss his laugh and easy-going good humor. Glad to have spent time with him in May, when he told me he was in remission. If people don't appreciate his humor, here's an email from Rick to me, in 2013: "Jim: My wife says your blog is down and is available. Just thought I would bring it to your attention. I would be glad get the name and host your blog if it's still something you want to do. Of course it would be pro bono under our company's "Compassion for Conservatives" program. - Rick"

I shall miss Rick terribly and am so so sorry for your loss.
Jim Bahn
August 23, 2017
Gerry prayers for you and your family. So sorry for your loss. Stay strong.
August 21, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear this. Please accept my deepest condolences. May your memories warm your heart and bring a smile to your face in time. My hope is that God will give you the strength and power you need to cope with your loss. Isaiah 40:29
August 21, 2017
Thinking of you and your family and sending prayers.
Marie Tobiczyk
August 21, 2017
I am so very sorry for your loss.
Pat Squires
August 19, 2017
erry, I think Rick had a way of making you feel welcomed too.
Brenda Bradley
August 17, 2017
So sad to here about Rich passsing ,very nice and smart person .alway nice to me in school .gentle giant. Brian M Smith GC EAST 1971
Brian Smith
August 17, 2017
Very sad to hear of his passing, a great man.
JIm McBreen
August 17, 2017
Gerry my prayers are with you ill see you soon
August 17, 2017
I am so sorry Gerry I just don't know what to say. I wish I could be there. Julie
August 17, 2017
May you have peace
Bruno and Jean
August 17, 2017
We are so sorry for the loss of your brother. May God give you and the whole family strength.
All our love,
Bruno and Jean
August 17, 2017
One of the best friends anyone could ever have... no words can express my love and my sorrow... miss you*
Catherine Clendening
August 17, 2017