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Paul Palmer03/10/2019
Paul Eugene Palmer, age 91, of Ames, passed away on March 10, 2019 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass.

Burial will be in the Ames Municipal Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Adams Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for Paul’s family at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Saint Cecilia Catholic Church, 2900 Hoover Ave., Ames, Iowa 50010 or Israel Family Hospice House, 400 S. Dakota Ave., Ames, Iowa 50014.

Born on January 16, 1928 in Vinton, Iowa, Paul was the son of William and Florence (Kurtz) Palmer. He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1945.

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II. After his time in the Navy, Paul met Althea Brandriet and they were married on November 10, 1948 in Watertown, South Dakota. He attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Paul worked at the Ames Laboratory as a Rare Earths Metallurgist, retiring in 1993.

He enjoyed following all his children’s endeavors. Paul was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church where he sang in the Choir and was a member of the Rosary Club.

He was also a member of the Ames American Legion, and the American Society of Metals, and was a past member of the K.C.’s.

Paul is survived by his son, Doug (Kay) Palmer of Mosinee, Wisconsin; granddaughters: Julie Palmer of Boone, Lisa (Brandon Davidson) Palmer of Des Moines, Amy Palmer of Chicago, Illinois, and Michelle Palmer of Dekalb, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by is parents; his wife, Althea; two sons, Robert Palmer and Tom Palmer; and two brothers, Wallace (Jackie) Palmer and Morris (Marie) Palmer.