Sunday, March 19, 2023

We have lost another member of CRHS Class of 1957


We have lost another member of CRHS Class of 1957


Services held for Gerald Palmer


Gerald Palmer, age 83 of Perry, passed away on Monday, February 13, at the Kings Garden Campus of Perry Lutheran Homes in Perry. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, February 17 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Perry.

Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry, IA. Memorials will be given to St. Pat’s Foundation and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Online condolences may be left at

Gerald Ray Palmer

Gerald Ray Palmer was born on June 7, 1939, in Iowa City, IA to Albert Wesley and Velma Grace (Pierce) Palmer. He attended school at Coon Rapids High School graduating with the class of 1957. He was united in marriage to Arlene Frances Terlisner at St. Patrick’s Church, Kandiyohi, MN on January 27, 1962. He worked at Central Dairy in Wilmar, MN, Iowa Pork then Oscar Mayer in Perry for 25 years, Pace Warehouse in Des Moines, Park View Mobile Home Park in Grimes and Waukee, valet at the Hotel Pattee and Dallas County Hospital.

He was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Perry and Honorary Life Member of Perry Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus, treasurer for many years, member of local union 1149, Moose Lodge. He enjoyed camping, inventing in his garage, golfing, coaching sports, watching sports on TV, he loved watching his children and grandchildren, and going to the Boone Speedway. Gerald enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

In death he rejoins his parents, Albert and Velma Palmer, brother, Donald (Janice) Palmer, and a sister, Rita (Ernest) Knoll.

Left to cherish Gerald’s memory are his wife Arlene Palmer, children, Cheryl (Delbert) Moore, Steven (Shelley) Palmer, Patricia (Craig) Van Cleave, Sandra (Doug) Stone, and Brian (Beth) Palmer, grandchildren, Amanda (fiancé Shannon Kelley) Moore, Jacob (Jennie) Moore, Sharaya Palmer, Brandon (Kelsey Walters) Van Cleave, Daniel Moore, Savanna Palmer, Sydney Stone, Owen Palmer, and London Stone, great grandchildren, Aiden Moore, Wilson Moore, Sullivin Kelley, and Frances “Frankie” Kelley.

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