Howard Palmer

Died: May 21, 2016
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Howard Richmond Palmer, 89, wife of Wilhelmina (Billie) K. Palmer, who passed May 1, 2015, and son of George B. Palmer and Alma Dora Glann Palmer, passed away peacefully to our Lord on Saturday, May 21. He was surrounded by his family and caregivers. He is survived by his 5 children, Becky Palmer Anderson (Yogi), David Palmer (Amy), Betsy Palmer Kremer (Mike), Steven Palmer (Thomas Aswad), Chris Palmer (Lisa); 11 grandchildren: Rachel, Luke and Maria Anderson, Patrick, Ted and Anne Palmer, Misha and Arie Kremer, Samantha, Danielle and Brady Palmer; sister and brother-in-law Toppie and David Bates, nephew Matthew Bates and niece Heidi Youker; nephews Robert Taylor, George Jr. Palmer and Jim Palmer, nieces Susan Parkinson, Libby Jean Riger, and Lex Palmer Colman along with many additional dear family members and close friends. Howie was born and raised on Main St. in Apalachin, NY before moving to Endwell where he lived most of his life and raised his family. He spent his final years with the Kremer family in Westminster, MD under Betsy and Mike’s guidance and several caregivers who became family. He was Valedictorian of his class at Owego Free Academy and a graduate of Manlius Military Academy. Howie was a Veteran of World War II and Korean War while serving in both the Navy and Army. He graduated from Brown University and was a member of Delta Phi. After brief careers with GE and IBM in 1956, Howie was career driven – he chose to start his own State Farm Agency in Endwell, becoming the first State Farm Agent in the Southern Tier. He began the Agency in his home while later moving it to East Main St in Endwell. He became a top producing Agent for 50 years. Howie was also a Rotarian, gave back to the community and always gave to others in need without hesitation. Howie cherished and loved his Canadian family and cottage in Point Comfort, Quebec where he enjoyed fishing, hunting, shore dinners, and good time folk singing and camaraderie. Howie also loved his hobby of owning race horses for over 40 years. He was the life of any social gathering – chock full of funny jokes and stories, and enjoyed life to the fullest. June 2 is Howie’s 60th wedding anniversary to the love of his life Billie – they are celebrating in heaven together again.

Funeral Services for Howie will be held on Thursday at 10:30 am at Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Vestal Hills Memorial Park, Vestal. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 3-6 pm at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Howie’s memory may be made to The Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157 or Trinity Memorial Church, Binghamton, NY. Howie and Billie were supportive members of Trinity Memorial Church for over 70 years since their marriage there in 1956.



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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016

Time: 10:30 am

Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church


44 Main Street, Binghamton, NY, 13905

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Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016

Vestal Hills Memorial Park Cemetery


3997 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY, 13850

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Died: May 21, 2016

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Donald Getty posted on 5/29/16

Howard was one of the first people I met when I moved to the Vestal area in 1959. I needed insurance for the car and he was at my brothers house and that's how I met him. He was my insurance guy all these years and I am still with his company today. Rest in Peace My Friend! ! !


Julie Case Ellwanger posted on 5/29/16

I'm so sorry to hear about Howie. I have fond memories of him when I met him in Hawaii on the sunrise over Haleakala. What a beautiful place with a beautiful family. May his good memories be a treasure that you will keep forever in your hearts.


Debbie Loveland posted on 5/30/16

Great memories at the Palmer house! Great, great man always fun loving and genuine. Great family legacy. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.


John Robble III posted on 5/30/16

Mr. Howard R. Palmer was a man of the highest character that I have ever known! We had our home & auto insurance coverage with him from day one! You could count on Howie to be personally involved to assure top quality service at all times! I know he is justly proud of his son Chris Palmer who heads the State Farm Agency today. Due to my serious disabilities I will not be able to attend the services! God Bless!


The Barrs posted on 5/30/16

Many fond memories of the Palmers. Looking back at our families growing up together, we realize how great it was back then. A true testiment to the strength and love of your Mom and Dad. May you all find peace and comfort.


Jim Borden posted on 5/31/16

My condolences to the Palmer family. I such fond memories of Leonard Dr. and the long association with Howie, Billie, State Farm (still loyal!) all the kids. Celebrate Howie's life and his reunion with Billie. -Jim Borden


Jack Burnard posted on 5/31/16

Chris and family, So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Palmer. He was a great guy and a gentleman. I had dozens of business transactions with him over almost three decades and he was the ultimate professional. I am sure that he's in heaven and smiling down on his wonderful family. Deepest regrets,


sue swartz posted on 6/1/16

Sorry for the loss of your loved one, Howard was our state farm agent for over 25 yrs till we moved to Florida. He will be greatly missed, he touched many lives in his career.


Cathie Streckewald posted on 7/3/16

My deepest condolences on both the passing of your father & mother. Howie & Billie were two of the dearest people I've ever known. Remembering and wishing you all peace.