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Perry Palmer

Perry Ellsworth Palmer

Monday, March 28th, 1927 - Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
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Pop went home for Christmas. Perry Ellsworth Palmer, Jr. was born in Suttons Bay, MI
on 3/28/27 to Perry E. Palmer, Sr. and Martha Kelsch Palmer. He passed away on
12/23/2018 in Tucson, AZ. Perry graduated from high school in Traverse City, MI,
where he was also a star baseball pitcher at school and for the city. He joined the Army
near the end of WWII, where he met fellow Michigan native and lifelong friend Wally
Pixley. They were both sent to Germany where one of their main jobs (aside from
causing fabled mischief!) was guarding Nazi war criminals awaiting trial in Nuremberg.
Upon returning to Traverse City, Perry married the love of his life, Barbara Marie Gilbert,
and they started their family. In spite of deep roots going back many generations in
northern Michigan, Perry moved his little family to Tucson in 1953 due to Barbara's
health. Here he found employment with the US Postal Service where the "Whistling
Mailman" eventually retired after a long career delivering mail on foot, bicycle, and on
rural routes. Perry and Barb raised their three boys surrounded by lifelong friends in the
El Ranchito Trailer Park. They participated in all aspects of their family's lives, providing
a strong model for hard work, ethical behavior and love of family and friends. Later in
life they relished traveling, spending many summers in Michigan and Pinetop. Perry
enjoyed golfing and bowling, and even pitched league softball until he was well into his
60s. When Barb's health failed Perry devoted himself to her care. His devotion to her
was as legendary as his quietly wicked sense of humor!
Perry was predeceased by his wife Barbara (2016) and best friend Wally Pixley (2018).
He is survived by his three sons George (Robin), Joe (Vicky) and Pete (Nannette), four
granddaughters and their families, which include seven great-grandchildren. He also
leaves numerous relatives in Michigan. Pop’s family is eternally grateful to his loving
niece Kay Pearce, and devoted friends and caregivers Carmen and Armando Gill for
their love and support.
Celebration of this wonderful life will be held at the Swan Lakes Estates Clubhouse
(4550 N Flowing Wells Rd) at 1:00 pm on 1/13/2019. Pop would love nothing more than a
toast with the beverage of your choice (he would choose a screwdriver, or perhaps a
Bailey's!) to a life well-lived. Perry was a really good man and our loss is Heaven's gain.
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    Sunday, January 13th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, January 13th, 2019 1:00pm
    Swan Lake Estates Club House
    4550 N Flowing Wells Rd
    TUCSON, AZ 85705
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