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William Palmer

February 01, 1932 - October 04, 2018

Carmel - William Palmer, 86, passed away at his home in Carmel on October 4, 2018 with his wife of 62 years, Jannette Palmer, at his bedside. Bill was the son of Frank and Marion (McKay) Palmer. He was predeceased by sisters, Marion Higgins, and Dorothy Boudreau, and is survived by brother, Colby Palmer, and sister, Margaret Brewer.
Bill was born February 1, 1932 in a sleigh on the way to the local doctor near Jacksonville, Maine. On the eve of his father moving the family from Jacksonville to Carmel, Bill, at just five years old, tore a shingle off the house in protest. He soon came to love his new hometown and would become woven into its fabric over the course of his life.
After graduating from Carmel High School, Bill volunteered to serve his country in the Korean War. Joining the Army, he was part of a military honor guard for President Dwight D. Eisenhower's inauguration on January 20, 1953.
A member of Company G, 17th Infantry, Bill distinguished himself by heroic achievement on July 8, 1953 during the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. While leading his men in an assault against the enemy, Corporal Palmer was wounded and would carry the shrapnel for the rest of his life. Refusing to be evacuated, Corporal Palmer deployed his men into a defensive position from which they were able to hold the ground they had taken. When a member of his squad was wounded, Corporal Palmer crawled through enemy fire and dragged the casualty to safety. The heroic actions of Corporal Palmer earned him both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
He returned home to Carmel, and married Jannette Nichols on November 11, 1955, and in 1958 joined the Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company, meeting the good people who would become his first customers on the backroads of central Maine and eventually forging a standout business career that served as a cornerstone to the life he loved. He was honored for his many business achievements over the years and worked until 2018.
Bill and Jannette raised four children, Bill, Scott, Shelley, and Gregg - who deeply loved, respected, and were committed to him and will remain ever so. Spouses, Brenda Palmer, Peggi Palmer, Gary Burgess, and Cathy Stankard were an integral part of Bill's family and life. He also reveled in his nine grandchildren, Nicole, Craig, Kellye, Danielle, Dylan, Anna, Alex, Ian and Caedmon; and eight great-grandchildren, Logan, Dalton, Carter, Anya, Krew, Kolette, Maxwell, and Simon -- watching them grow and share his love of family, nature, and the Maine he believed in, understood, and cared for.
Devilish, athletic, fun loving, hardworking, and generous Bill was also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing at his Ash Hill and North East Carry camps, managing his woodlots, and enjoying summers at the family camp on Beech Hill Pond.
Memories crowd in, reminding us of his drive, the furious hope and joy he had in taking up the challenge of building a life and of the strength he gathered for the day's work ahead. We love the man and miss him and are grateful for the ties that bind.
There will be a get together in Bill's Honor at the Carmel Grange Hall from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on October 11, 2018
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