Shelby  County  Indiana


The  News-Pilot
San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
March 1977
Gayle Palmer dies at 56
          Private funeral services are pending for News-Pilot staff writer  Gayle S. Palmer,  who died March 14, 1977, at the age of 56.  He was admitted to San Pedro and Peninsula Hospital on Sunday night following a sudden illness and died in the intensive care ward at 3:15 a.m. Monday.  Mr. Palmer was a member of the News-Pilot editorial staff for nearly 15 years and had worked as a police reporter, sports editor, telegraph editor and military and religion writer.  The 28-year resident of San Pedro was a retired Army sergeant major.  Mr. Palmer began his newspaper career in 1936 as an editorial copy runner for the  Indianapolis News,  later working at the newspaper’s capitol bureau before enrolling in Purdue University to study engineering.

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          An accomplished musician and composer, Mr. Palmer was at one time the youngest member of the Indianapolis Symphony orchestra.   His engineering ability is recognized in the preface credits of Fundamentals of Engineering Drawing, a college textbook which first was published in 1943 and for which Mr. Palmer made approximately 1,000 drawings.   During his Army career, Mr. Palmer worked on the staff of the Stars and Stripes, a military publication, both in Europe during World War II and later in Korea.  He received a bronze star with V-device for valor, a bronze star for meritorious service and three Purple Hearts for wounds received in the London blitz and at Place de la Concorde in Paris. He also was awarded the British Scroll for exemplary service to the Empire, the French Croix de Guerre, the Belgium Croix de Guerre, the U. S. Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with cluster and the British Order of Fellowship.   During his News-Pilot career, Mr. Palmer won five Copley Ring of Truth awards.   These were for best spot news stories in 1963 and 1967; best feature stories in 1966 and 1970, and for originality in reporting in 1974 for his coverage of the controversy surrounding the closure of Fort MacArthur.  He also held certificates of appreciation and commendation from several civic, community and military organizations.  Mr. Palmer was a former long-time member of the San Pedro Salvation Army corps board of directors.   He is survived by his wife,  Beth,  and son,  Al,  both of San Pedro.  The arrangements are being handled by Halverson-Leavell Mortuary directors of San Pedro.
Contributed by Carleene Hubbard

The  Kokomo  Tribune
January 2, 1971
Page 3
          Shelbyville--- Harry Wishard Palmer,  54, Shelbyville, died at 7:05 p.m. Thursday as a result of injuries in an auto accident in Bartholomew County.  He was a former Kokomo resident.  Born Sept. 29, 1916, he was married to  Jane Mack  who survives.  He had lived in Shelbyville since 1967 where he was the owner and operator of Palmer Products Inc.  He was a 1941 graduate of Purdue University and a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.  He was a veteran of World War II.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Jasper American Legion.  He was also a member of the United Methodist Church and a former member of the Kokomo Optimist Club.  Survivors include two daughters,  Mrs. Ann Mack Barrett,  Phoenix, Ariz., and  Miss Elizabeth Jane Palmer,  at home; two sons,  John David  and  Michael Wishard,  both at home; a sister,  Mrs. John (Phyllis) Mahan,  Bloomington and his farther who lives in Martinsville.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Carmony Funeral Home here.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Sunday.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Wednesday, September 20, 1905
          William M. Palmer,  died at the residence of his daughter, two miles south of Needham, of throat trouble, aged seventy years.  He leaves a wife and five grown children.  Deceased was an old soldier and a member of Dumont Post of this city.  Funeral services will be held at the Second Mount Pleasant church, Sunday, at eleven a.m., the Reverend Carter officiating.  Interment in Mount Pleasant cemetery, in charge of Fix and Stewart of Boggstown.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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