Lloyd Palmer, 71

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 23, 2009

Funeral services for Lloyd Earl Palmer, 71, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. prior to the service. To sign the guest book, goto www.bayviewfuneral.com
Lloyd died Friday, May 22, 2009 at his home.
Lloyd Earl Palmer was born on Aug. 11, 1937, to Clayton and Juanita (Schmidt) Palmer in Albert Lea. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Lloyd graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1955. He was very athletic in school playing football and track.  He was also the captain of the track team. Lloyd married the love of his life, JoAnne Hansen, on April 2, 1955, in Iowa. The couple made their home in Albert Lea where Lloyd worked in the family-owned minnow wholesale business. He was a member of the John Birch Society and Elks Lodge. Lloyd was an avid poker player, hunter and fisherman.  He was also a writer having published two books and a newsletter called “Straws In The Wind.” Lloyd enjoyed gardening, photography and growing apples in his orchard. He loved being able to provide for his family through his hunting, fishing and gardening. Lloyd’s grandchildren and the time he was able to spend with them was the highlight of his life.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, JoAnne Palmer; children, Pam (Dennis) Gilbertson, Laurie (Tim) Kasper, Julie (Walter) McKoskey, Lynn (Brad Bartness) Williams and Cheryl (Paul) Erickson; grandchildren, Christopher Williams, Sara Luna (Gilbertson), Rhianna (Wayne) Iverson, Doug Gilbertson, Bryce Williams, Thomas McKoskey, Joshua Kasper, Chad Erickson, Adam Erickson, Tara Erickson, Ellie Erickson and Lauren Erickson; eight great-grandchildren; mother, Juanita Palmer; sisters, Joan (George) Carlson and Karen (Dallas) Breamer; brothers, David (Lois) Palmer and Bruce (Patty) Palmer; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his father, Clayton Palmer.
Lloyd was a loving husband and father and will be dearly missed by his family.

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