Eugene M. Palmer

September 14, 1942 - February 1, 2019

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Monday, February 4, 2019
3:00 - 7:00 PM
Secor Funeral Home
Willard , Ohio

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
11:00 AM
Secor Funeral Home
Willard , Ohio

Eugene M. Palmer, age 76, of Willard, Ohio passed away on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Ohio Health Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio. He was born on September 14, 1942 in Willard to the late Glenn and Phyllis (Atyeo) Palmer. Eugene graduated from Plymouth High School in 1960 and retired from R.R. Donnelley and Son's. He was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church, Willard Elks, Odd Fellows and Car Coddlers. He loved his '57 Chevy and telling stories. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grand children. Whenever he saw his nieces, nephews and great grandchild, he would joyfully give them a one dollar bill.

He is survived by his wife, Eva (Dick) Palmer; two daughters, Kim Strong-Todd of Port Clinton and Trish Tarr of Willard; grandchildren, Alec Strong (Lindsay Morris) of Powell, Allison Strong of Columbus, Ariel (Zach) Esposito of Toledo and Justin Tarr of Willard; great-granddaughter, Louise Esposito; sister-in-law, Lana Palmer of Carey; several nieces and nephews and an aunt, Kathleen Buurma of Celeryville.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers Richard Palmer and Thomas Palmer and grandparents, James and Ilo Atyeo and Glenn Palmer, Sr.

Visitation will be at Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio on Monday, February 4, 2019 from 3:00 - 7:00 PM where his funeral service will be on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 11:00 with Pastor Bob James officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or American Kidney Foundation. Online condolences may be made to Eugene's family by visiting


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Gene Osborn - Feb 7, 2019
So very sorry to hear of Gene's passing. Gene and Eva watched after my parents in New Haven for many years. I have many fond memories of Eva getting the mail straight when my parents returned home from Florida each spring. And Gene checking on their place to make sure all was well and safe. I will miss seeing you, my friend, at breakfast at Uncle Dudley's on my next visit to Ohio.
Mark Schwenn - Feb 4, 2019
Mom called me up yesterday to tell me about Gene's passing away. I'm so deeply sorry for Eva, Kim and Trish's loss. He was a great guy. I remember how happy he was when he got that black Jeep back in like 1981 and how excited he was when he got Kim that classic Corvair. We talked a few times after I move back from Florida where he knew it was me walking from clear across the parking lot because of how I bobbed when I walked LOL. He talked of how he wished he hadn't gotten ride of his Honda Helix scooter after I told him I"d recently picked one up myself. He always had a smile on his face.
Steve Palmer - Feb 4, 2019
Very sorry to hear the news.
Bev Ganni - Feb 4, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. One of my bright moments was morning coffee with my “gang” before coming to California . I pray God gives you comfort in your time of loss. Gene’s family was his greatest joy! He spoke of you and bragged about you often. God bless.
Gerry Hill Schultz - Feb 4, 2019
Kim and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in all of your memories. Sending Hugs & Prayers. Gerry
Kelly - Feb 4, 2019
My heart felt condolences are with and your family, may God help heal you and family at this time of loss and grievance.
Joe & Brenda Daniel - Feb 4, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers surround your family. May you take comfort in the love and memories you shared together and know that he loved you more than anything.
Margaret Osborne - Feb 4, 2019
Kim & family, you all have my deepest sympathy on the passing of your father. I know how close you were to him and how this will be difficult. Please lean on us for strength and comfort. Know that he is in now free of pain and watching you from above. Hugs sweetie!
Jim, Ken, Carol, Kara and Kaci Carpenter - Feb 3, 2019
Very sorry to hear of Gene's passing. He was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face. Thoughts and Prayers to the Palmer family.
Joe and Janene Reiderman - Feb 3, 2019
Eva, Kim and Trish...I am so sorry to hear of Gene's passing. Your entire family holds a special place in our hearts. It sometimes felt as we were family! May the love from family and friends be of some comfort to you during this time. Celebrate his life..because he sure had a fantastic one!
Doug McQuate - Feb 3, 2019
My sincere condolences and R.I.P. GENO
Sharon and Larry Wingert - Feb 2, 2019
We are so very sorry, Eva. Gene's quick wit always made us laugh. The neighborhood won't be the same.
Mike DeWitt - Feb 2, 2019
My condolences go to your family on this sad occasion. It doesn't seem possible that so many have already passed from this generation.
cledis slone - Feb 2, 2019
EVA,we are very sorry to hear of gene's passing. I looked up to 7 guy's when i worked at R.R.D.4 are steal here. Bob Riedlinger, Rich Emlinger,Larry Templemen, Wendal Gearhart. 3 are gone, Bob Dotson, Kenny Baker, and now Geno. I have lots of memorable memories of each. Geno was my strong man. long story short. when i was lifting weights back in the late 70's and thought i was bigger than britches, i would arm wrestle Geno and he would bring me back to earth. lots of story's i could tell. love you guy's LINDAand CLETE SLONE
Susan Green - Feb 2, 2019
Kim, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad...You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers..
DON CARR - Feb 2, 2019
Deepest condolences to the family ! I ran into mr palmer, in willard, last yr, about this time, when i was doing therapy! Had a nice chat , with him ! He didnt remember my first name, but remembered me , as 1 of the carr boys , from new haven ! Rest in piece, mr palmer !!
Virgil & Connie Babcock - Feb 2, 2019
Very sorry to hear about Gene, everybody on West Street back then was one big Family, he will be missed, my sincere condolences to Eva, Kim, Trisha, and all the Grand Children.
Patty and John Reppart - Feb 1, 2019
We are so sorry to learn of Gene's passing. Gene was a great man and will be missed by many. Our prayers and love are with you all at this very difficult time. ❤️❤️❤️
Kendra Clagett - Feb 1, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Rick Tarr - Feb 1, 2019
I cannot imagine a man who loved his family more, or was loved by his family more than Gene. My heart goes out to all of his family. I know he will be missed, but he will never be forgotten.