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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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Vonnie and Rick Colpitts
Oct 16, 2018
Dear Jeanette,Bill,Shelly,Scott and Gregg

So very sad to hear of the passing of Bill . Always loved coming over and visiting when I was a kid. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Vonnie and Rick
Roger Reed
Oct 15, 2018
Bill Palmer was throw-back to a better time in America. He was a good family man, a man who loved and served his community. I enjoyed sitting down with Bill and Jeannette every now then and giving an account as to what was going on in Augusta, where crazy never takes a day off. Bill was a man of common sense, something that is not so common anymore. He was also a good hunting friend and I will miss him. Mark and I aways went out and talked with Bill and young Bill when they came out of the woods after the Saturday hunt. We will miss our friend.
Larry and Sandy Hall
Oct 14, 2018
Our condolences to Bill and Brenda and entire family at this time for your loss...
Lisa Cafiero
Oct 12, 2018
Dear Jeanette and Cousins,
I am so very sad to hear of Bill's recent illness and passing. From a little girl to present, it was always a joy to see Jeanette and Bill. One more tie that binds us goes on to join the others we love. I know how very hard this must be for you all. Please receive my love and prayers at this most difficult time.
Warm Affections, Lisa and family
Darthea Palmer Tilley
Oct 11, 2018
Someone in Arizona is thinking of the Palmer family at this sad time. So very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a fine man and will be missed.
Loraine Nichols
Oct 11, 2018
“Ties that bind”, yes Bill was Uncle Bill to my daughters Kimberly, Lynne, and Amy. My brother in law for the many years of his marriage to Jannette. He was a man of strong character and courage to the end. A laugh from Bill was always memorable, and there were many of them along the way.
Deb Palmer
Oct 11, 2018
A classy man in every respect.
John Simpson
Oct 11, 2018
Bill was a friend and advisor for the past 40+ years. He was one of the most honest and honorable people I have ever know. Additionally, Bill was an American Patriot and combat hero.
Julia Pike
Oct 11, 2018
Bill was a good neighbor to Mom and Dad and they remembered his kindness. I remember those brown eyes of his flashing when he came into the office to give me a hard time over some issue. (He was usually teasing).
A good man who was blessed with a good family and a good life.
Charlie Cox
Oct 11, 2018
So sad to read this morning that another. great man and true gentlemen had left us. I recall that mischievous smile!