Merle G. Palmer

Merle G. Palmer, age 94 of Coleridge, NE and formerly of Hartington, NE died on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the Embers Assisted Living Center in Coleridge, NE.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartington, NE with Pastor Amanda Talley officiating. Burial will be in the Hartington City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, at church, from 12:00 until service time. Face masks and social distancing are recommended for the service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Merle Glenn Palmer was born on April 19, 1926 in Worthington, MN to Glen and Mildred (Johnson) Palmer. Merle moved to Hartington in 1932 at the age of six. He attended Hartington Public School and graduated in 1944. After high school, Merle worked for Farmer’s Union for a year and a half. On December 1945, Merle married Betty Lou Johnson in Hartington, NE. After their marriage, they moved to Gayville, SD and ran the Hatchery there for four years. Merle and Betty Lou moved back to Hartington in 1947 and took over Merle’s father’s Hatchery, which they managed until 1967. In 1973, Merle purchased the laundromat in Hartington which he and Betty Lou operated until 1986.

Merle is survived by two children, Ann M. Pedersen of Sioux City, IA; Richard (Leslie) Palmer of Blair, NE; brother, Marlin (Marlene) Palmer of Tacoma, WA; sister, Shirlene Scott of Yankton, SD; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Betty Lou on January 23, 2013 at the age of 86.

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4 response to "Merle G. Palmer"

  1. By: Tassie Posted: October 20, 2020

    Sympathy and love to Ann and Dick, Marlen, Shirlene and all the families for your loss of Merle. May your memories of him give you strength during this difficult time. May the Lord be with you and may he rest in peace.

  2. By: Bruce Linafelter Posted: October 21, 2020

    Dick: I am saddened to read of your dad’s passing. Losing our parents is the toughest part of our stage in life. My condolences to you and Leslie.
    Bruce Linafelter, Loveland, CO

  3. By: Timothy Sharer Posted: October 23, 2020

    Richard, Leslie, :Libby, Roy and Jack:
    Our sympathies and love for you all during this time of sorrow. We are praying for your peace and comfort knowing that Jesus the Savior is leading you through this time of earthly loss and gifting you with cherished memories of father and grandfather.
    BethAnn and Tim Sharer

  4. By: Maxine M Guy Posted: October 24, 2020

    Ann, Dick and family. My sympathies to all of you. Keep the memories and love close to your heart

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