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“Dear Barbara and family: We hold you all in our prayers. John was a very special person. I felt, when I talked with him, as if I was talking to my...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Edie Huffman - Indianapolis, IN

“John You wERE mY OLDEST AND IN EVERYWAY my Best friend I will remember you in so many ways over the last 80 some years Jodie and I will miss you....Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Jack & Jodzie - Aurora, IL

“Larry, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Terry and Jeri Eaton ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Terry Eaton - Carmel, IN

“Our deepest sympathies to the Palmer family. We so enjoyed John's wit and company at the race parties at Miller's. Lifting you all in prayer. Th...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: The Hayes Family - Cicero, IN

“Thinking of you. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Mike and Julianne Jaensson - IN

“Dear Patti, I want to extend my sympathies and prayers during this difficult time in the loss of a treasured person in your life. I have always...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Debbie Seime - Sugar Land, TX

“I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. What an incredibly nice person he was. I worked with him at American States and knew him for over 30...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Bette Wechsler - Fishers, IN

“We count John and Barbara as two of our great friends for 40 years or so. Have enjoyed time with both of them golfing, singing, doing skits, playing...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Norm and Sue Stuart - Indpls., IN

“Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and that you have our most sincere sympathy. You and John had so many good years together,...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Betty Lofton - Indianapolis, IN

“We have very fond memories of John over the last 10 years during our winters in Florida. We first met John and Barbara on the golf course at kelly...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Karl and Vera Gordinier - FL

“To the entire family, We have many memories of John over the years. We were always welcomed into your lake home for days with the kids on the boat...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Christine Larson - Carmel, IN

“Barbara, We were saddened to read John's obituary. The two of you were very good neighbors to us when we lived behind you in the yellow house many...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Julie Wehrli

“Barbara - John was great to work with and a respected manager. But my favorite memory will always be his activities with the "Claims Crooners." ...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Can Guio - Indianapolis, IN

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of John in this very sad time. I will miss him and his friendly conversation every May at the 500 Race...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Carrie Smith Harden - CA - Friend

“Barb, sorry to learn of John's passing. He was a good friend and mentor. I appreciated all he did for me in my insurance career. Hope you are doing...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Myron & Cindy Coleman - Dayton, OH

“Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Morgan - Indianapolis, IN

“Dear Palmer Family, There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers - IN

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John Edgerton Palmer

86 of Noblesville, IN, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away on January 28th after living a long and rich life. He was born October 3, 1926 to Edward and Beulah Palmer, and was brother to Joseph M. Palmer and Robert W. Palmer who preceded him in death. He was a life-long resident of Indiana and he graduated from Shortridge High School, attended Butler University, and after serving in the Navy in World War II in the Pacific, he attended and graduated from Purdue University.

He worked for American States Insurance Company for 35 years, retiring in 1991. John had a passion for music and composed parodies for many retirement parties as well as their United Way programs. During this time he was a teacher of Insurance Classes for the Indiana Insurance Institute. In 1970 he received the National Award from the National Insurance Institute for ranking highest in the country on their course of study.

In 1953 he married the love of his life, Barbara Elliott to whom he was married for 60 years. They resided in Pike Township for 30 years and then in Noblesville until the present. They did extensive traveling visiting many countries around the world, as well as taking many vacation trips to various islands with the entire family. He loved traveling, boating, water skiing, water sports, lake living, golf and spending quality time with his children and three grandchildren. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, St. Luke's United Methodist Church and a member of the church choir. He served on the Pike Township Volunteer Fire Department Board, was a member of Evergreen-Oriental Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Elks, Mohawk Mens Golf Club, and Harbour Trees Golf Club. Surviving is his wife, Barbara; son, Lawrence (Pam) Palmer, daughter Patricia (Tom) Dean; grandchildren Alec and Abby Dean and Elle Palmer; sister–in-law, Miriam Palmer, and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 200 West 86th Street on Saturday, February 2nd with calling 11 am to 1:00, service at 1:00 followed by light refreshments. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 50 East 91st Street, #100, Indianapolis, IN 46240 or the charity of your choice.

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