Longtime Goodland, Kansas resident Eldon M. Palmer, 86, died Tuesday, August 23, 2016.
He was born December 10, 1929, on the family farm near St. Francis, Kansas, the son of Olive (Kirkendall) and Ralph Palmer. He attended school in Cheyenne County, Kansas.
He served his country in the United States Army from 1951 through 1953. On November 10, 1951, he and Dorothy Zimbelman were married at Waynesville, Missouri. When he returned from his military service, they made their home in Goodland. He had worked for the Department of Transportation in road maintenance, for the City of Goodland as power plant operator; and at Goodland Regional Medical Center in maintenance. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars—Lowell Coleman Post 1133. Eldon was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and camping. He had a good sense of humor and loved playing cards with family and friends.
Preceding him in death his wife Dorothy Palmer; siblings Ila Theye-Taylor, Gladys Thomas, and Harold Palmer
Surviving family includes two daughters Marilyn Preuit and her husband Ron of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; Diane Kent and her husband Kelly of Westminster, Colorado; four grandchildren Jennifer Preuit Willhide and her husband Aaron of Frederick, Maryland; Chris Preuit of San Diego, California; April Kinkade and her children Amber and Anthony of Aurora, Colorado; Michelle Kinkade and her son Jaxon of Lakewood, Colorado; and two sisters Vera Beneda of Goodland; Valeria Coleman of Bird City.
The funeral will be Thursday, August 25, at 2:00 PM MT, at the First United Methodist Church in Goodland, with Pastor Lyn Linde officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in the Goodland Cemetery.
Friends may share their respects on Thursday, from 10:00 AM MT until 2:00 PM MT, at the First United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be designated to First United Methodist Church, and may be left at the services, or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735-1555.
Online condolences: www.koonsfuneralhome.com