CORINNA - Robert Elmer Palmer, 79, died June 17, 2014 at a Bangor hospital following a long illness. He was born April 16, 1935 in Dexter, the only child of Raymond and Thelma (Nason) Palmer.
He graduated from Corinna Union Academy, Class of 1954, and served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves for six years. On June 12, 1957, he married Betty Flewelling. Bobby had been employed at the Eastland Woolen Mill in Corinna and later, the Dexter Shoe Company in Dexter, until he retired due to ill health. His hobbies included panning for gold, rock hounding, and collecting paperweights. He had a great love of anything science related, including geology, astronomy, and Egyptology. He was a fan of Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. Bobby enjoyed boating, and their camp on Center Pond in Sangerville. He was always building things: their home, camp, fireplaces, circular staircases and slate pathways, to name a few. If the projects didn't include cement, rocks, and metal, it wasn't considered to be solidly constructed. He was a good gardener and started his own vegetable seedlings each year.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty of Corinna; 2 daughters and their husbands, Terri and Michael Crosby of Newport, and Vicki and Mark Easler of Corinna; 2 special granddaughters, Jenna and husband, Tyson Grindle of Medford, NJ, and Kayla Easler of Bellefonte, PA; and a great-grandson, Wyatt Andrew Grindle; cousins; several brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; and many friends, including longtime friends, Claire "Sonny" and wife, Anna Fields. He was predeceased by his beloved Chihuahua, Foxey.
Visiting hours will be held from 6-8 P.M. Friday, June 20th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at the Morse's Corner Cemetery, Corinna. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Patient Activity Fund, Hibbard Nursing Home, P.O. Box 150, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the staff at Hibbard Nursing Home Alzheimer's Unit for their wonderful care during the last two years and the doctors and nurses on the sixth floor at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com