Arthur Palmer

August 23, 2018

Arthur F. Palmer

Age 84

Arthur F. Palmer died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, while working outside at his farm home east of Brainard. He was 84.

Arthur Franklin Palmer was born west of Davey at the farm home of his parents, Arthur Franklin and Abbie (Housel) Palmer. He graduated from Ceresco High School in 1951.

On Feb. 19, 1954, he married Mary L. Otto at the Lutheran church in Ceresco. He served in the U.S. Army about two years beginning in 1956, stationed first at Fort Smith, Arkansas, and later in Japan. When he returned, the couple lived near Ceresco until 1963, when Art, Mary and their family (which eventually included four daughters) moved to a farm four miles east of Brainard.

When the family moved to Brainard, Art farmed but also took up custom sheep shearing and traveled through Kansas and Nebraska, sometimes shearing up to 10,000 sheep per year. He also served as an agent for wool companies, buying up to 20,000 pounds of wool per year before it was shipped off—at first to North Central Wool Co. in Minneapolis, and then Groenewold Fur & Wool Co. in Forreston, Illinois.

He was a longtime member of the Brainard United Methodist Church and served on the church board for a number of years. He also served on the Oak Creek Township Board.

Survivors include three daughters Debbie (Kevin) Behne of Brainard, Becky (Mark) Weber of Adams and Mary Lou (Greg) Henn of Lincoln; son-in-law Kevin Davis of Wood River; 10 grandchildren Amy (Robert) Rezac, Andy (Crystal) Behne and Jeremy (Danielle) Behne, Max (Katy) Weber and Katherine Weber, Tim Davis and fiance Kassandra Connell, Eric (Cortney) Davis and Abbie (Matt) Wecker, Jacob and Lydia Henn; eight great-grandchildren Alex, Jadon and Becca Rezac, Maisie Wecker, Jennings and Sullivan Davis, Henry and Hazel Behne; two sisters Carol Helsing of Randolph and Harriet Ruebsamen of Lincoln; and three brothers Owen (Billie) Palmer of Hazel Green, Alabama; Gary Palmer of Omaha and Jim (Pam) Palmer of Lincoln; two sisters-in-law Darleen Richard and Sharon (Dan) Duffy of Lincoln, and two brothers-in-law Glen (Lu) Otto and Ray (Jane) Otto of Ceresco.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, a daughter Karen, two sisters Marla and Diane, and his parents.

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