Glenn Edwin Palmer passed away peacefully Dec. 20, 2019, at Centralia Providence Hospital, losing in his 16 year struggle with cancer, with his partner, Lois Gibson lovingly at his side. He was born to Cecil and Elsie (Osborn) Palmer in Galvin, Wash., Feb. 22, 1936.
Both of Glenn’s parents and his brother, Ken Palmer (Alene), passed before him. He was married to Delphine (Hoffman) Palmer, who bore him his only child, Mark Palmer (Ellen). Glenn was later married to Helyn (Good) Palmer. Both Helyn and Delphine passed before him. In Glenn’s last few years, he found joy, love and happiness with Lois Gibson.
He is survived by Lois; sister, Faye Spencer (Earl); son, Mark; grandchildren, Nicholas Palmer (Lindsay) and Jessica Melby (Bert); three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Cancer has had an outsized impact on the Palmer family and their friends. Glenn discovered his bladder cancer when he was being screened for prostate cancer because his son, Mark had recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer in December of 2002. Glenn’s grandson is currently battling a rare juvenile cancer and is enrolled in a clinical trial. Brother-in-law, Norm Morris passed away from bladder cancer complications as well. A nephew’s wife is currently battling breast cancer which has returned after decades of being cancer free. Mark’s wife was recently treated for breast cancer as well. This year has also seen the mother of a close friend of Mark’s suffer recurrence of cervical cancer after 40 years of remission, and the loss of one of his closest friends and West Point classmate, to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. With this perspective in mind, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, or the hospital and cancer fighting charity of your choice, in memory of Glenn and of others that have lost the battle with cancer, and for all those still fighting this horrible disease. We need to find a cure!
At Glenn’s request, there will be no memorial service, but there will be a gathering and sharing of memories at his favorite Friday night place, Dick’s Brewing Company, 3516 Galvin Rd., Centralia, WA 98531, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Come share your favorite Glenn story with the family and tip a beer in his honor. Lois, Mark, Faye and the family are sure there are many stories they have not yet heard, and would love to hear yours.
Glenn’s remains will be interred at Claquato Cemetary (no services), resting alongside Helyn and adjacent to Delphine.