John A. Palmer, Jr.

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John A. Palmer, Jr., 59, of Virden, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2006, after complications from cancer.

He was born on Dec. 12, 1946 in Sterling, Ill. to John A. Palmer of Camp Verde and Darlene Waldschmidt of Rockfalls, Ill.

He moved to Arizona in 1968.

In 1978, he became a partner at Don Williams Plumbing in Phoenix. In 1983, he founded Palmer Development and relocated to Punkin Center in the Tonto Basin Area.

He built, owned and operated Punkin Center Lodge, Tonto Basin Garage and Auto Parts and Mazatzal Mercantile. Palmer Development bought and developed many parcels of land.

In 1995, he moved to Virden, N.M. In 1997 he met his wife, Michele Perry. They were married on June 30, 2000.

He is survived by his wife, Michele; his parents, John A. (Denzil) Palmer, Sr. and Darlene Waldschmidt; sister, Kay (John) Camper; half sister, Sherry Palmer; half brothers, Doug and Danny Waldschmidt; daughters Vicki Romanek and Valerie McKean; stepsons, Rob and Fred Palmer; and seven grandchildren, Rebecca and Edward Diaz, Krystal Romanek, Robert, Leah, Derk and Thomas.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents, John K. Palmer and Louis Palmer; stepfather, Donnie Waldschmidt; and stepson, Ed Palmer.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 8, at the First Baptist Church in Duncan.

Arrangements were entrusted to Morris Safford Funeral Home.

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