ROCHESTER, Minnesota—Gary Lee “Lee” Palmer, 74, born September 13, 1947, passed away peacefully Friday, July 29, 2022, with family present in Rochester, Minnesota.
Lee, a 1965 graduate of Lakeview High School in Cortland, was a public accountant for most of his life, assuming control of his father’s practice long before he graduated from college.
Known to some as Skybear and to many as Dad and Grandfather (and soon-to-be Great-Grandfather), he was a benevolent soul who loved deeply and fiercely. He was respectful and accepted all walks of life. He was also a hunter, fisherman, musician, breeder and trainer of beagles, nature lover, healer and poker player. Most importantly, he was a fantastic listener and deep thinker and sought to uplift others.
He demonstrated an enviable work ethic, while reminding others that life is short and there are often more important things than work.
Lee was a man of many interests, his family being the most important of them. Throughout his life he showed the humility of not being afraid of change and never giving up trying to be a better man, father, husband and grandfather. He will be missed by many.
Lee leaves behind his wife, Karen Wilson Palmer; daughters, Heather Palmer Burkey, Melissa Palmer, Betheny Palmer Ruiter and Allyson Palmer; sons, Ian Palmer and Nathaniel Palmer; and grandchildren, Tyler, Treavor, Tanor, Tristan, KJ, Austin, Maggie, Charlotte, Lucy, Nora, Adam, Mary Clare, JD, Melody, Maelynn, Jared, Ryan, Matthew, Branden, CJ and Amanda. He was expecting his first two great-grandchildren later this year.
He joins in death his parents, Roy Palmer and Katherine Mellott Palmer, and a brother, Scott Palmer.
Lee will be honored at a celebration of life from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at the Mansion, 3104 S. Canfield Niles Road, Austintown, OH 44515.
In lieu of flowers, Lee’s family suggests a donation to a nonprofit organization of your choice.