Donald Melvin Palmer, 70, of Oelwein passed away on Saturday September 2, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Visitation will be from 3:30-7:00 PM on Wednesday September 6, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM on Thursday September 7, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home with Rev. Josh Schunk officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein with Military Honors by the American Legion Ross Reid Post #9 of Oelwein. A memorial fund has been established.
Donald was born on May 20, 1947 in Independence to parents Melvin and Edna (Voelschow) Palmer. He graduated from the Independence High School with the class of 1966. He served his country honorably from 1966-1968 in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. On May 19, 1973 he was united in marriage with Jane Lee Adams at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Independence. Donald was a Machinist with Geater Machining & Manufacturing Co. in Independence.
Donald enjoyed fishing trips, woodworking to make things for his family, gambling trips with his wife and shooting his firearms with grandsons. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and at their sporting events.
Left to celebrate Donald’s life are his children: Tammy (Ed) Richards of Fayette, Tim (Sheena) Palmer of Oelwein and Nick (Nycole) Palmer of Oelwein; his grandchildren: Dustin, Denver and Devin Richards, Mackenzie, Addyson and Lila Palmer, Cole, Camren, Caden and Corbyn Palmer; his brother Myron (Linda) Palmer of New Hampton; many nieces and nephews; his sister-in-law Sue Palmer; his brothers-in-law: George (Judy) Adams of Clinton and Jim (Margie) Adams of Clinton. He was preceded in death by his wife Jane; his parents; his brothers: Arnold Palmer and Russell Palmer; his nephew Tod Palmer and his niece Kristen Palmer.