Jack Palmer


Jack Harold Palmer, 60, of Defiance, passed away on December 22, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on January 28, 1953, to Harold and Anne (Chaffin) Palmer in Defiance, Ohio. On August 8, 1981, he married Chris Guilliam. Jack and Chris lived in Defiance, Ohio.

He was a member of Zion's Lutheran Church.

Jack is survived by his loving spouse of 32 years, Chris; a son, Bradford Harold Palmer (Chelsea Junge) of Perrysburg, Ohio; a daughter, Katharine Florence Palmer of Charlottesville, Va.; a sister, Patricia (Bruce) Palmer Crossman of Glen Burnie, Md.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Palmer; mother, Anne Palmer; and grandmother, Florence Palmer.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 26, 2013, from 5-8 p.m. and Friday, December 27, 2013, from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Zion's Lutheran Church in Defiance, Ohio, and also from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Defiance, Ohio, with Pastor Timothy G. Reynolds and Pastor Richard Schoenley officiating.

Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Defiance Athletic Boosters, Friends of Felines' Rescue Center or Zion's Lutheran Church. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.

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  • On behalf of The Lutheran Advisory Committee, I write to share our sympathy with the family and friends of Jack Palmer. His quiet wisdom was a blessing to each of us and a gift to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. We will miss him. May your memories sustain you until you see him again. God's peace. Judy Korn

  • Jack will be missed greatly by our community. I've known Chris for many years,and have a special place in my heart for her. She worked at Filling Home ,when we had our daughter admitted there for professional care. Chris took care of all the admission papers,etc. No one could have been sweeter or more compassionate..Then years later,our grandson became a friend of their son Brads, We've had a connection for a long time,witth the Palmer family. My prayers goout to them. Rest in peace Jack.    Jeannette Melia

  • The Palmer Family:

    I had the wonderful experience of having Jack work for me during my stint as sports editor of the Crescent News back in the early 70s. When he came in for his initial interview we hit it off immediately because of our love for Ohio State and the Cleveland Indians. He, along with his good friends Steve Vandemark and Bob Kehnast were terrific hires by the late Gordon Dix. I left in 75 and Jack and I didn't touch base all that often. But this summer we reconnected via Facebook to talk about our Indians and later the Buckeyes. I am so fortunate that we reconnected and I am so proud of all his achievements in the community. I am so sad that he never got to see the Tribe win a World Series but Heaven is getting an exceptional journalist. RIP Jack

    Mick Secrest

  • So enjoyed his columns and memerories that  they brought back of growing up in Defiance. How blessed we were to have have Jack's words to carry us back to that special place and time in all our childhoods.

    Rest in Peace!

    Jane Beiswenger Thompson









  • Chris, Brad, Katharine and Patti,

    Our Defiance community has been BLESSED by having Jack among us. Lynn and I always went to his column first when reading the Crescent. He wrote with truth, compassion and love of God and the Defiance community. I'm sure he made his parents very PROUD and those teachers who were fortunate enough to have him in our class. I can still see him sitting in the front seat, middle row of chemistry class, occasionally conferring with Frank Jeackle!!

    We will miss Jack enormously for who he was and his positive influence on his readers. We thank God that we have known ALL of the Palmer family  

    Jerry and Lynn Fensler