Larry D. Palmer, 73, a lifelong Parsons resident, died at 2:22 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
He was born Sept. 29, 1947, in Parsons to Louis L. and Yvonne L. (Delmez) Palmer. He graduated from Parsons High School in 1965. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years during the Vietnam War, stationed on the USS Coral Sea.
Following his service with the Navy he returned home and attended Pittsburg State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973. He later attended Labette Community College and graduated with an associate degree in 1980.
For 32 years he was employed by the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, retiring as the storeroom supervisor. He had also worked at several part-time jobs through the years. He enjoyed cars and motorcycles. He was a member and past president of the Parsons Lions Club. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church.
On June 29, 1968, he and Melissa Anne Smith were married at First Baptist Church in Parsons. She preceded him in death on April 9, 2015.
Larry is survived by a daughter, Amy Hartzell (Jason) of Coffeyville; a son, Michael Palmer of Parsons; a brother, Stacy Palmer of Schaumburg, Illinois; and two grandchildren, David and Juliana Hartzell. His parents preceded him in death.
The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home, with Doug Baty officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, with military honors given by Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Memorials are suggested to the VFW post or to the Parsons Lions Club and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.