Richard R. Palmer of San Marcos passed away on July 4, 2013 at the age of 60. He was born on April 29, 1953 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Raymond C. and Mildred Palmer.
Richard loved music and played in the High School band in Bloomington, Ill. where he was raised. He joined the USAF, serving at Scott AFB, Illinois and Lakenheath AFB, Suffolk, England, where he was an NCO of Medical Records, led disaster preparedness plans and coordinated medical evacuations.
While serving in England, Richard met his wife of 31 years, Sue, and their love story has no end. He attended Bloomington Normal University and Southwest Texas State University-San Marcos. Richard worked in retail management for many years and as a staffing coordinator for Home Care Agencies.
He lived in San Marcos since the early 1980s and loved to volunteer and serve his community. He was dedicated to serving wherever there was a need.
He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, San Marcos and attended St. John’s Episcopal Church, New Braunfels with family and mentored with his wife, Sue at Christ Chapel, the campus ministry, cooking for Southside and always willing to serve.
Richard loved England, pubs, touring castles and landmarks and our family in the U.K. Richard’s favorite activity was bowling at which he excelled, local events, enjoying his grandkids, mini-golf and Masterpiece Theatre. Above all, Richard loved his six grandchildren and his family. He was the best husband, Dad and Grandpa God ever made.
He is survived by his wife Sue; two sons, Mark Shellard and Matthew Palmer and his wife, Melinda Lauren; daughter Emma Kneupper and husband Justin; and six grandchildren, Marcus and Katherine Shellard, Bryndan and Declyn Palmer and Kayleigh and Garrett Kneupper. He is also survived by cousins Paul Johnson and Ruth Ann Molyneaux of Illinois.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos, with Father Ben Nelson officiating.
In lieu of flowers family requests contributions in Richard’s memory be made to the Richard Palmer Memorial Fund or Hays County Food Bank.
Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, TX 78666, (512) 353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com .