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Robert Irving Palmer Sr., 87

Robert Irving Palmer Sr., 87, of Blackduck, died on Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.

A private family memorial service will be held. Private family burial will be in Blackduck Cemetery in Blackduck. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Blackduck assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born on Feb. 20, 1919, to John and Ruth (Baugh) Palmer, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Cedar Rapids. He moved with his family to the Blackduck area around 1936. They homesteaded, cleared the land and built their own log home. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941, serving in England and Africa and was on his way to Japan when the war ended. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He married Sara Brinkley in June of 1942, in Nashville, Tenn.

After being discharged from the Air Corps, he started J.R. Palmer and Son Evergreen Nursery. They grew pine trees and made evergreen Christmas decorations. They shipped trees and decorations all over the U.S. and Canada.

He was a past member of the American Nurserymen Association, Minnesota Nurserymen Association and the Minnesota Arboretum Association. He retired in 1981. He was a 50-year member of the Blackduck American Legion Post. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening, reading and baking pumpkin pie. He was a family man and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of Blackduck; daughter, Lynne (Joachim) Streul of Berlin, Germany; sons, Robert Palmer Jr. of Maplewood, Minn., and Scott (Charlotte) Palmer of Blackduck; sister, Naida Byers of Dowagiac, Mich.; and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Andrew Palmer and Fred Palmer; and a grandchild.