William D. Palmer, 88
April 25, 1929
ó April 28, 2017

William D. Palmer, 88William "Bill" D. Palmer of West Bend passed away peacefully Friday, April 28, 2017, at Cedar Lake Nursing Home, at the age of 88. He was born April 25, 1929, in the South Bronx, New York, to John and Margaret Palmer. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Katherine (Palmer) Mirando, and brother, John "Jack" Palmer.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Johnson from 1947 to 1950.

Following his discharge he moved to Mishawaka, Indiana, where he met his wife of 65 years, Phyllis (nee Parulski) Palmer. In 1958, they moved to West Bend where he worked at the Gehl Co. He eventually became a self-employed painter and maintenance man. Billís interests were fishing and doing whatever he could do to help others. If you knew Bill, you know that he had a great heart and a crazy sense of humor, including his infamous "walleye handshake!"

Survivors include his children, Carol (Jim) Gessert of Champlin, Minnesota, Debra (Bob) Gatzke and Mark (Carrie) Palmer. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Kathryn Gessert, Andrew (Whitney) Gessert, Jamie (Jill) Geidel, Megan (Dan) Lederer, Rob (Chrissy) Gatzke and Drew Palmer, and his great-grandchildren, Shawn, Brennan and Owen Gatzke, and Allison and Ben Lederer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at St. Frances Cabrini (1025 S. Seventh Ave. West Bend, 53095) with the Most Rev. Jeffrey Haines presiding. Visitation will be at church from 2 p.m. until time of Mass. (3:15 p.m.). Inurnment will be at Holy Angels Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Cedar Community Foundation (113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend, WI 53095) and/or St. Frances Cabrini remodeling project.

The family wishes to give a sincere thank you to the staff of Cedar Communities, especially the Forestview wing. Their amazing care of Bill is so much appreciated. Knowing he was in such good hands made this journey manageable. We are forever grateful.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.