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Jerry (Gerald) Clarence Palmer
  • 65 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 1, 1947
  • Place of birth:
    Tracy, Minnesota, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 18, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Hong Kong, China
Dad, you will live in our hearts forever.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Jerry (Gerald) Palmer, 65, born on March 1, 1947 and passed away suddenly on September 18, 2012 in Hong Kong, China. 

A memorial service took place Friday, October 19, 9:30AM at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Service was followed by burial with military honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery and a reception at the Fort Snelling Officer's Club.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Connie Evelyn Palmer (nee Van Moer); Sonia Rae Palmer (Tom Adams and grandson Zane), Sarah Evelyn Palmer (Jonas Hansson), and Alyssa Kathryn Palmer (Jarrod Zvara and granddaughters London and Noelle).  One brother, Barry Palmer; and many friends across the globe.  



We will continue to update this memorial page with stories and pictures.  Please add your own! 

To contact the Palmer Family please email Sonia at soniapalmer70@gmail.com or call (651) 387-1214. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Barry Palmer on 3rd June 2014

"Brother Jer,
  Almost 2 years have passed and I still think about you everyday as I pass by your pictures and your urn.  I have so many beautiful memories of us over all the years. When you left this world a major part of me went with you.
I miss you so much and I will LOVE you forever.
Bare"

This tribute was added by shaun rhodes on 24th February 2014

"My Old mate…. I can't believe that its almost a year on the 1st of March that we held our "Drinks for Jerry" here in Hong Kong. Still miss you heaps my friend and think of you often. Rest well my friend..."

This tribute was added by Sonia Palmer on 19th December 2012

"Today (or maybe tomorrow) is the day my dad would have arrived in MN to spend a week among his family for the holidays - my mom, my sisters, me, sons-in-law, and grandchildren.  He would stay for a week with us here at Maple Acres. We would eat, play poker, Tom and my dad would sneak away for hours.   Words cannot express how heavy my heart is this week as his absence grows so obvious."

This tribute was added by Sharon Warren on 19th October 2012

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Palmer Family at this time of sorrow.  The legacy Mr. Palmer left behind is a testiment of the great man he was and his memory will last forever in the hearts and mind of his Family and Friends.  May you have peace and comfort during this time.  Gone but never Forgotten."

This tribute was added by Aaron Milgrom on 18th October 2012

"Sonia, I am wishing you and your family great strength as you gather in memory of your father.  He would be so proud to know you as I do.  You do his legacy proud every day!"

This tribute was added by Carol Arthur on 18th October 2012

"Virtual hugs and words of encouragement to All the Palmer girls and their families.  I didn't know Jerry, but I know the Palmer girls and the grandkids.  Anyone who leaves behind that legacy will forever be remembered and loved.  "Listen to the beating of your heart.  The people you love are there inside...Where all things matter most.  They live on.""

This tribute was added by Claudine Slseng on 18th October 2012

"41 years ago we moved to Minneapolis and rented an apartment with the best caretakers in the world. And that was the start of a lifelong relationship. Thanks, Jerry, for being a good friend. Thanks for the laughs. Thanks for the memories.  Our hearts go out to the whole family at this time and embrace you all with a great big hug!!!"

This tribute was added by Patty Snyder on 12th October 2012

"Dear Cousin Jerry, It is difficult to believe you have left us so suddenly. I'll remember you as such a sweet cousin..living  down the street from us in Marshall.You are now with Nadine and your Mom and Dad.You will be missed by so many individuals..especially your  wife and family and grandchildren.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lots of love to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Melanie Spencer on 10th October 2012

"Our family had the true pleasure of spending time with Jerry when he would visit Barry and Judy.  Barry and Jerry together made us all laugh so hard we had tears.  The kids still cherish the coins Jerry gave them from Hong Kong.  Truly an inspiration to all.  With fondest memories, deepest sympathy and love.  Harold, Melanie, Mason, Madison, and Mitchell Spencer"

This tribute was added by Mindy Corcoran on 9th October 2012

"Always smiling Jerry . . . may you rest in peace."

This tribute was added by dusty rhodes on 9th October 2012

"Jerry, you will be missed.  You were always up for a good joke, a laugh, and sharing a cold one in Hong Kong while talking about tooling.  RIP in peace my friend."

This tribute was added by Doug Monson on 9th October 2012

"Did not know you but it sounded like you were a wonderful person. You will be miss by everyone
Sue Monson"

This tribute was added by Doug Monson on 9th October 2012

"I have known Jerry since I was 6 or 7 years old. I grew up with Jerry & brother Bare. With me being an only child not only were they my best friends but they were like Brothers to me. We spent a lot of time having a good time together.I looked to Jer like he was an older brother(Bare was the mischevious one) I"ll always remember and cherish or friendship will missyou my brother Doug"

This tribute was added by Estelle Liu on 8th October 2012

"Saddened to learn the passing of Jerry Palmer, he was always in my top list of who can really think and make things different, thinking of every moment he shared and being with us, i do think he will be very happy with his persistence and humorous in paradise.... Miss you ever."

This tribute was added by Jules Laboissonniere on 4th October 2012

"oh so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. so many great memories of the fun times when our families traveled  together and explored the world around us as a team... my condolences go out to Connie, the girls and all of Jerry's family. such a wonderful man to have known. may Jerry rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Jules Laboissonniere on 4th October 2012

"oh so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. so many great memories of the fun times when our families traveled  together and explored the world around us as a team... my condolences go out to Connie, the girls and and all of Jerry's family. such a wonderful man to have known. may Jerry rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Wayne Sanderson on 2nd October 2012

"I lost track of Jerry when he was a young man, so my memories are when he and Barry would come for visits when I lived in Tracy, MN.
I am sorry for your loss.  He must have had a great life.  Hang in there, Barry!  Wayne"

This tribute was added by Lars Jappe on 1st October 2012

"Wow can life zing us some unexpected suprises.  I am thankfull that I was given the chance to hear his voice just weeks ago it had not changed a bit.  The last chat was while we were both in Viet Nam, 1969.   I remember the post High School great times we had just hanging out having fun.   Jerry will be missed but NOT forgotten.  Go with GOD in peace my good friend."

This tribute was added by Heather Oxendine on 30th September 2012

"I am so sorry to hear about Jerry.  Prayers to all of you as you grieve the loss of a wonderful, loving man. I can tell you that my Mom (Pam) always spoke so highly of her cousins Jerry and Barry. May God bless you as you go forward with beautiful memories of Jerry. Much Love, Heaather"

This tribute was added by Jim Skewes on 29th September 2012

"I'll never forget Jerry - its been 35+ years since I've seen him.  We grew up together on N. 7th and Soucy - we had a great youth.  What a time we had.  I'll never forget Jerry and Barrys neighbor Mrs Peterson.  If Barry reads this I say hi.  My thoughts to your family."

This tribute was added by Bob Fisher on 28th September 2012

"Just heard of Jerry's passing from Greg Lambert. I first met Jerry at Fisher Price then we continued our friendship when we were both at Hasbro in the mid 90's. I will always remember your sense of humor, kindness and knowledge of our crazy business. You will be missed. My sympathies to your family."

This tribute was added by Dorothy Lien Kruschek on 28th September 2012

"I'm so very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing.  I graduated from Marshall High School with him.  I remember Jerry as a very shy guy.  He was always very nice to me, but he would turn very red if any of us tried to have a conversation with him!!  My sympathy and prayers go out to his family."

This tribute was added by Joe Brewin on 28th September 2012

"Little did I know when I first met Jerry that he and I would become fast friends but we did. Over the past few years we had many on the job successes and a lot of fun too. It was always a pleasure for me to travel to HK and visit with my friend. Going to miss him dearly and thankful for the time I did share with Jerry!"

This tribute was added by Nikki Matheson on 27th September 2012

"Uncle Jer:
I look at these pictures of you and see so much of Dad too. :o} I enjoyed seeing you every year on your visits home. You are a wonderful man with a very loving heart. I love you and look forward to seeing you in heaven someday!!
I will love you always from your brothers oldest."

This tribute was added by Judy Palmer on 26th September 2012

"Jerry, you were a great friend and a wonderful brother-in-law.  I looked forward every year to your visits and watching you interact with Bare.  I laugh out loud remembering you sitting at our counter making your funny face (one of those pictures in the slide show) and mimicking what Bare would say.  I love you and will miss you forever.  Jude"

This tribute was added by Erik van der Meer on 26th September 2012

"From what I read from all the people that payed a tribute here, I gather that Jerry was a great man. If he looked anything like his brother (my friend) I would have probably loved him too.
My symphaties go out to his friends and family.

Erik van der Meer
The Netherlands"

This tribute was added by Barry Palmer on 26th September 2012

"Brother, I'll miss you forever.  We have always had our special way of communicating with each other and that will continue.  I sure miss talking to you on SKYPE almost every day and sometimes several times a day.  On this side I lost my best friend but you'll always be with me.  I never realized how many dear friends you have, you were a legend.     I'll LOVE you forever.  BARE"

This tribute was added by Bruce Hay on 26th September 2012

"I met Jerry several times while visiting my friend Gary in Hong Kong. He was a great guy to be around and although it has been many years since we've see each other I often think about him and the great adventures we had. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Bruce Hay, Toronto Canada"

This tribute was added by Cheng Michael on 25th September 2012

"You are a strict colleague and also a kind-hearted friend. you will be missed for ever."

This tribute was added by Gene Insley on 25th September 2012

"Jerry and I met while we worked together at FP.  Always enjoyed his professionalism, work ethic and laughter.  F1 races were a special time to gather when we both lived in HK, particularly the 1st race in Shanghai.  I'll miss you buddy, the trips to HK will never be the same but the memories will last forever!"

This tribute was added by Gary Allen on 25th September 2012

"I had the pleasure of working with Jerry in Hong Kong from 1998 to 2001.  We became very good friends very quickly and still managed to keep in touch from time to time.  I valued his friendship and sense of humour and will miss him a great deal.  All the best buddy...keep them laughing in Heaven."

This tribute was added by Ann Moore on 25th September 2012

"I'm sorry I never had the chance to meet Jerry.  Anyone who has the love of Connie, Sonia, Sarah & Alyssa is someone worth knowing.  My love is with each of you."

This tribute was added by Bernie Schaub on 25th September 2012

"Jerry, met you in Buffalo, 1990 or so. instantly we were friends, your work hard play hard life with a big heart made it easy. You were and still will be my brother in HKG. God bless you Jerry !"

This tribute was added by Grant Aldridge on 25th September 2012

"I had the pleasure of meeting Jerry while visiting my brother Kirk in Hong Kong. He was a great friend and mentor to my brother and befriended me quickly and easily. Friendly, earnest and honest I will always remember him for his friendship to Kirk and for his love of life. Gone too soon Jerry, we miss you!"

This tribute was added by Raphael Avila on 25th September 2012

"So sad to hear of Jerry's passing.  I met Jerry while working for Hasbro in Cincinnati.  Great guy always willing to share the knowledge he had.    Deepest sympathies to his family and all friends.  He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Garry Gillett on 25th September 2012

"My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of Jerry. I had the pleasure of working with him on a number of occasions over the years and he was very helpful in so many ways. The "Mayor of Hong Kong" will truly be missed!"

This tribute was added by Joe Mattiko on 25th September 2012

"Jerry chose to invest in me and showed me a path that l otherwise would likely not have seen.  I will forever remember his kindness and always work to take his lessons to heart.   I hear Jerry’s words as I now engage and develop my own teams, and while they don’t know it, they too are benefiting from the life of Jerry Palmer."

This tribute was added by Joe Mattiko on 25th September 2012

"Jerry had a profound impact on my life as a mentor and a friend.  Wherever we traveled, people knew his name and he always knew theirs.  From company presidents to the most junior workers Jerry had a unique ability to make a personal connection thru humble thoughts, words, and deeds."

This tribute was added by John Fishman on 25th September 2012

"Jerry and I met while working at Hasbro in the mid 90’s.  We again worked together while he was in Hong Kong.  I’ll remember him as warm and friendly while also feisty and thought provoking.  Always good hearted.  He was a gracious host during my visit with him in HK.  I am saddened to learn of his passing.  My sympathies go out to his family and friends."

This tribute was added by Bob Bessette on 25th September 2012

"My thoughts and prayers are with Jerry and his family. Sorry for your loss. Jerry was a great guy. We had a lot of laughs. He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Allen Tabe on 25th September 2012

"Jerry,  I am sad at your leaving me but I hope and pray we will be friends together again in heaven someday.  Thanks for your friendship here on earth."

This tribute was added by shaun rhodes on 25th September 2012

"See ya buddy.... the weekends won't be the same without you mate. Rest in Peace my friend. ;-)"

This tribute was added by Jane Yan on 25th September 2012

"You may be out of our sight, but not out of our hearts, you may be out of our reach, but not out of our mind."

This tribute was added by andy yang on 25th September 2012

"Jerry, you must be at the moment with our lord the God in paradise. Miss you forever!"

This tribute was added by April Zheng on 25th September 2012

"You are a great man! Very very very very sad to hear your passing... God will bless you in heaven for us. Miss you!!!!!! Will never forget your voice and your help to me!!!!!! Jerry, Jerry...!!!!!!"


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