Virgil J. Palmer, 83, of Cambridge, died Thursday, July 8, 2010, at Trinity Pathway Hospice, Bettendorf. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 12th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Private family committal services will be held on Tuesday at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Memorial may be made to the Virgil Palmer Memorial Fund.
Virgil was born January 3, 1927 in Bishop Hill, the son of James A. and Marie E. Shaw Palmer. He was educated in Cambridge area schools. Virgil served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. His marriage to Marlene Kespohl took place on October 27, 1956 in Port Byron. He was employed as a mechanic at area farm implement dealerships. Virgil also worked for Morton Buildings in Atkinson and then worked for COOP in Geneseo until his retirement. His hobbies included fishing and attending antique tractor shows.
Those surviving are his wife, Marlene, a daughter, Cynthia Legate, Cambridge, two sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell and Veronica Palmer, Cambridge, and Kevin and Terrie Palmer, Moline. Other survivors include three grandchildren, a great grandchild, a brother and his wife, Dale and Christine Palmer, Mesa, AZ, and a sister, Dolores Werner, Chicago area. His parents, a son, Timothy Wayne, and three brothers preceded him in death.