Duane Palmiter

Died: November 7, 2018
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Duane Kenneth Palmiter Sr. 83, of Owego went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 7, 2018 after an extended illness at Ideal Living Center in Endicott, NY. He was predeceased by: Parents Kenneth and Reba Palmiter, son John Palmiter and his dog Jack. Duane was born May 27, 1935. He is survived by Virginia Palmiter; sons Duane Jr. (Lisa) and children AJ, Dylan, Jourden, Stephanie and Danielle; David (Deborah) Palmiter and children Matthew Andrew; Carol (Maui) Palmiter, Christian Palmiter; along with Helen Cole, nephews Russ and Chris Charlier and families as well as his dear friend Ildi Mitchell. Duane graduated from Vestal High School and was graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. Duane was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. Duane’s affiliations include Whittemore Hill Methodist Church & Choir, Tioga Peace & Justice Planning Committee, Former member of Vestal Jaycees, Ahwaga Canoe & Kayak Club, New York Canoe Racing Assn., former coach of Owego Junior Football League, Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout) and Eagle Scout Board of Review, member of several community choruses, including Candor Community Chorus, B.C. Bops and the Vestal Community Choir. Duane was a Linwood City Councilman in Linwood, NJ. Duane for many years was a software engineer and software quality engineer with IBM and also worked as a sub-contractor. He taught computer programming courses at BOCES, taught the FAA how to use the nation’s first computerized air traffic control system, weekly writer for the Tioga County Courier and wrote his autobiography. Duane was a Native American Representative. Duane was a huge Washington Redskins fan. Duane was the first in his family to graduate college. His saddest day was the day he lost his son John. Duane had a generous and loving spirit and his enthusiasm was contagious. He could make friends instantly. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed dearly.
A Memorial service will be held Tuesday 7 pm from the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home Tuesday from 5 pm until service time at 7 pm. Burial will be at the convenience of the Family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Whittemore Hill Methodist Church, 1349 Whittemore Hill Road, Owego, NY 13827.

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Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Time: 5:00 am - 7:00 pm

Allen Memorial Home


511-513 East Main Street
Endicott, NY 13760

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm

Allen Memorial Home


511-513 East Main Street
Endicott, NY 13760


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Died: November 7, 2018

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Cindy Schlenker posted on 11/15/18

Dear David, Duane and families: I will miss "D", our dinners, talks and outings we had together over the past 11 years. His favorite place was Aiello's and always talked to Charlie about your brother John who used to work there. Like I mentioned in the card, he was a gentle man and a gentleman. All I wanted was for him to be happy. He loved his family and Jack (true shadow). I pray that God blesses you with the strength to live on with fond memories of him. Thanks for calling me and letting me know and giving me the opportunity to come to calling hours. Love to you all.


Patricia Bence posted on 11/12/18

I met Duane as the best supplier of olive oil and his connection to Tioga Peace & Justice. Several times I needed to visit him at his home to pick up the oil. On those occasions I learned all about the conflicts in the middle east and his earnest attempt to help the farmers who made the oil. His knowledge and sentiments were impressive. He was a kind man doing his job to help the world. He will be missed.


Mary Thorpe posted on 11/11/18

Condolences to the family for your loss. Our loss. I knew Duane through Tioga Peace and Justice as a kind and cheerful person.


Kevin R. Williams posted on 11/9/18

Dear Palmiter Family - I am so sorry for your loss. I know Duane will be missed by all that knew him. I worked with Duane at IBM and sang with him in the Candor Community Chorus. He was outstanding in all he did! I will miss him! - Kevin R. Williams


Melvin Foster posted on 11/9/18

Duane was an amazing and kind-hearted man. I got to know him in Candor Community Chorus. Most memorable to me was the time, decades ago now, when Marion Brown was taking auditions for a solo in The Battle Hymn of the Republic. He and I were both interested, but as soon as he heard I was interested he declined to audition and told Marion to give it to me. That's the kind of guy he was. I know he loved his Lord and savior Jesus Christ, and look forward to singing with him again in another choir. Love and peace to you all,


Tina DaBella-DuBois posted on 11/9/18

Duane, Dave & family, I'm so sorry for the passing of your dad. It is so hard to lose a parent especially when you are as close as you were with your dad. I hope the love and support of family and friends can help you find comfort & healing at this time of sorrow. If you need anything, please don't hesitate to ask. When my mom passed, a friend shared this poem and I still read it from time to time to just get thru a moment or day of sadness. I hope it can help you as well. ============= To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say... but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay. I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above. Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love. Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight. Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night. That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you." It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on. I need you here badly; you're part of my plan. There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man." God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do. And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you. And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight. God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night. When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain. I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned. But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand. But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er. I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before. There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; but together we can do it by taking one day at a time. It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too... that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you. If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain, then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain." And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile, knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile. So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low, just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go. When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind; I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind. And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free, remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me. Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author) ©Copyright 1998-2007 http://www.ruthann1.com


Alicia Vasilow posted on 11/8/18

Sorry for your loss.