Richard Arthur Palmer
April 6, 1925 – April 26, 2014
Richard Arthur Palmer son of Richard L. and Laura A. Palmer (both deceased), born in Campton, New Hampshire on April 6, 1925, passed away peacefully at his home in Downey, California on December 19, 2013.
Richard graduated from Plymouth High School and entered the Army Air Corps.While stationed on Guam during World War II from 1943 to 1946, he was a tail gunner on B-29’s serving in the Pacific Theater.After his tour of duty and continuing with his love of flying, Richard had his own private plane when living in New Hampshire.
Later, he married Ruth Sudbury, and they settled in Cleveland, Ohio where their two sons Ronald (deceased) and Robert were born.He worked for Brush Instruments which sent him to numerous places to service equipment:among them were the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida and the Space Center in Houston, Texas.
After his wife’s illness and passing, he later married Delores Krejci, and his employer transferred him to their Gould office in Los Angeles, California.They settled in North Hollywood where their daughter Renee was born.Later, Richard moved to Downey where he retired and remained for the rest of his life.
Some years later, Richard married Jean Saxton who shared his spirit of adventure and love of travel, boating and RVing.They traveled extensively across the country in their RV, and they took trips to Europe, Alaska, the South Pacific, China, and more.Richard and Jean had their own boat and were active in the local yacht club and leaders in the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Long Beach teaching classes on boating safety and seamanship.They were also members of the American Legion.
Among his many interests, Richard enjoyed photography, fishing, sailing, and traveling.He was a fair and generous man and very kind hearted. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and made all those around him feel comfortable being with him. He enjoyed life and will be truly missed by all.
Richard is survived by his son Robert Palmer, his daughter Renee Nadeau, stepson Bradley Palmer, stepdaughter Eileen Martin, nine grandchildren; several great grandchildren; three sisters, Elsie Baxendale (his twin), Rowena Kratzer and Bertha Flanders; and many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held at Campton Congregational Church on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a military burial at Blair Cemetery in Campton, New Hampshire.Fournier-Hale Funeral Home of North Woodstock will be handling the arrangements,(603) 745-3925.