Military veteran

Leslie Herbert Palmer, 63, son of Ralph and Florence (Knapp) Palmer, was born May 10, 1947, in Norwich, N.Y. He passed away Jan. 7, 2011, at his home in Raymondville with his family by his side.

Les graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo. He was then drafted into the Marine Corp in April 1968 and he served in Vietnam. Upon returning, he met his wife of 39 years, Mary Stark Palmer, of Raymondville, Mo. They had three children. Les worked as a skilled carpenter who was always willing to lend a hand to his friends and neighbors.

Les enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and farming. He loved giving rides on the tractor and four-wheeler to all of his grandkids, even though he never went fast enough. One of his favorite pastimes was shooting the breeze at the restaurant in Raymondville. He was even rumored to have a key to the front door.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Wesley Palmer of New York; and an infant sister.

Les is survived by his wife, Mary of their home in Raymondville, Mo.; a daughter, Melinda (Palmer) Johnston and husband, Leland, of Raymondville, Mo.; two sons, Michael Leslie Palmer and wife, Jill, of Springfield, Mo., and Christopher Ryan Palmer and wife, Christine, of Springfield, Mo.; four grandchildren, Marissa Kayle Johnston, Bradley Tyler Johnston, Ethan Michael Palmer and Austin Ryan Palmer; three brothers, Paul Palmer of Decatur, Ark., and Merle and Stanley Palmer of Jonesburg, Mo.; and a multitude of other family members and friends, all who miss him immensely.

Services were 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at Evans Funeral Home with Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial with full military honors followed in Allen Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Scantlin, Ken Birkhead, Jackie Ray Cooper, Aaron Scantlin, Butch Squires and Luther Courtney. Honorary pallbearers were Verlin Beasley and Dale Boren. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

In lieu of floral arrangements, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to Allen Cemetery, P.O. box 81, Raymondville, Mo., 65555 or Hospice Compassus at 807 North Main, Suite 1, Mountain Grove, Mo 65711 in his honor. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

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