Those we love can never be more than a thought away... for as long as there's a memory they live in our hearts to stay.
Love you MORE Dad.

This memorial website was created in memory of our Dad, Barry Palmer, 70 years old, born on January 17, 1949 and passed away unexpectedly on April 4, 2019 in Burnsville, MN. We will remember him forever.

He was born and raised in Marshall, MN and attended technical college in Willmar, MN. He was a Robotics Engineer until his early 50's. He then took his previous passion for flipping houses and turned it into a business of home remodeling. He loved to design, build and create. He retired in his early 60's and since retiring has enjoyed meeting several new card players, spoiling his grandkids and valued spending as much time as he could with his family. 

He LOVED to socialize with people anywhere he went. In his younger years he enjoyed playing softball, racquetball, volleyball, and tennis. He was an extraordinary storyteller who also loved playing cribbage, chess, cards and games. He found joy in camping, was a self-proclaimed math whiz (and took any opportunity to prove it), and was always up for a good challenge. Notorious for his renegade spirit and his witty sense of humor, while a very stubborn man he was an extremely compassionate soul. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of creating a model train layout where he expressed his passion for building, designing, and tinkering.

He is proceeded in death by: daughter, Angie Palmer-Daniel, brother Jerry Palmer, sister Nadine (Palmer) Bump, mother Jean (Knutson) Palmer, father Woodrow Palmer and many other loved ones. 

He is survived by: daughters: Nikki (Todd) Matheson and Tasha (Ernst) Freyer; grandchildren: Cameron Moede (18), Belle Freyer (16), Emma Matheson (14), Porter Matheson (13), Ky Freyer (13), Abbie Buchanan (9), Khloe Buchanan (9), step children, step grandchildren, extended family and many really close friends.

Memorial service will be at 11:00am on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at White Funeral Home (14560 Pennock Ave) Apple Valley, MN. Memorial visitation one hour prior to the service. 

Some people come into our lives and touch our hearts so deeply that we will never be the same again.

Posted by Clara Freyer on April 15, 2019
I can imagine how sad it is for Tasha en Nikki to loose their father. In my memory he will remain as a very nice man who loved company, he was really a family man.
And I remember the few times we visit America at first with my husband Fred and later with my daughter Xandra, he always took us to the Japanese, he was really enjoying himself and so were we.
We shall miss him too.
Posted by Theresa Sayers on April 11, 2019
Oh my goodness what a shock. I am forever grateful to Barry for many reasons but most importantly, my husband.
Barry and I worked together at Thiele Engineering in Edina. We were great friends and constant lunch partners with a group of great people. What a fun place to work. He did have fun stories and absolutely exhibited his math skills all the time.
When Barry heard about a guy who was single, and knew I was single too, he decided to arrange an introduction. I remember saying, “Is he at least tall?” Barry explained the guy was 6’4”. I agreed. That was 21 and a half years ago and Bob and I have been together ever since.
I am so sad to hear of his passing. Barry always has a unique way of including people in a conversation whether he agreed with people or not. I will always remember him with great fondness. God bless his family.
Posted by Erik Van Der Meer on April 9, 2019
I met Barry probably somewhere in november 2006. I just came to live in MN with my wife and I knew Ernst, his son in law. Right from the start we liked each other. I did the odd job for him and had the pleasure of working besides him a few times as well. That always was fun, he had a great sense of humor and he was very knowledgeable; I could learn from him.
I came to know him as a loving dad, a kind man that loved to have people around him. I still remember having parties at his house with the grill on and having great conversations.
Unfortunately the only contact we had since 2008 (when I moved back to Holland) was through internet. On hindsight of course it should have been way more often.
I will miss him and his jokes. This is really a great loss, but I always have some great memories!!
My heart goes out to the ones he left behind.
Posted by Bob Heinzen on April 6, 2019
From the first time i met Barry in the fall of 2017---he had the ability to put you at ease with his words and his sincerity. He was gifted with this talent and everyone knew that you could count on Barry to lend a ear. Truly a treasure, He will be greatly missed. God bless his family.

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