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Richard Palmer

January 29, 1939 - November 01, 2015

Prayer Service - Thursday

November 05, 2015
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Thursday

November 05, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Funeral Mass - Friday

November 06, 2015
- 10:30 AM

St. Mary of the Lakes, Detroit Lakes MN


Boulger Funeral Home

Richard Palmer

January 29, 1939 - November 01, 2015


Richard (Rick) Burton Palmer, 76, formerly Fargo, ND passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 at Rosewood on Broadway surrounded by his loving family.

Rick was born on January 29, 1939 in Fargo, ND to Edwin & Gladys (Denenny) Palmer. He graduated from Casselton High Schoolin 1957 & from NDSU in 1962. He was an AGR at NDSU.

He married Charyl (Gress) Palmer September 9, 1961 in West Fargo ND. They raised their 4 kids in Fargo. They were married for 54 years – Inseparable! Rick loved spending time with his family on Big Cormorant Lake where they made their home. He considered everyone he met a friend. He loved people! Rick was always the first to offer help when he saw someone in need. He enjoyed being involved with his church, mentoring others through SCORE, FM Sno Kats, & the NDSU Club Hockey. He was an officer in the US Army stationed in Fort Bliss in El Paso TX; Fort Snelling, MN; while in Germany he worked with the nuclear warhead system.

Rick was an owner with his brothers of Mick’s Office in Moorhead, MN, and he owned several other businesses. He also served as Director of Economic Development for Moorhead, and he was president of the Minnesota Industrial Development Association (MIDA.)

Rick is survived by his wife, the love of his life & best friend Charyl; his children, Tiffany (Paul) Sullivan, Ulen, MN, Richard (Sonja) Palmer II, Austin, TX, Susan (fiancé Vern Suchor) Palmer, Fargo, Stacy (Lee) Scott, Audubon, MN; 7 grandchildren, Kristin, Brittany, & Travis Sullivan; Madison & Chase Palmer; Samantha Palmer; & Sydney Scott; his brother Steve (Pat) Palmer, Moorhead, MN; sisters-in-law Shirley (Denny) Palmer, Ruth Palmer, LaRae (Tim) Palmer, Fargo.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin & Gladys Palmer, stepmom Ann Palmer, his brothers Denny & Tim Palmer, Anthony (Tony) & Charlotte Gress. Special thanks to the amazing staff at the Fargo VA, especially the CLC floor, & also the staff at Rosewood on Broadway & Hospice of the RRV for the excellent care love & support.

There will be a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 5th, at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, with visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Funeral will be at 10:30 am Friday, November 6th at St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, 20996 County Hwy. 20, Detroit Lakes, MN with visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at St. Mary of the Lakes Cemetery.


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23 responses to “Richard Palmer”

  1. Rob & Patty Sneed says:

    Rick was always such a fun guy! We will miss him at the family events. Rick was a man we could always count on to help with we needed it. God Bless the Palmer family during this trial and may God grant you peace and strength during this sad time. He will be missed.

  2. Jeff and Lisa Aune and family says:

    Our sincere condolences go out to the Palmer family during this difficult time. Rick was such a hardworking and fun loving man, full of gusto, enthusiasm and always so positive, just a joy to be around. May our prayers be with you.

  3. Michelle Jenner says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Charyl and all the kids and grandkids.
    Rick was a great guy and I’m BLESSED to have gotten to know him and all the rest of the family.
    I thank Marcy and Sammy for bringing OUR families together!
    I’d like to think that Rick will be looking out for Marcy in HEAVEN!
    I love all you guys so much!!!

  4. Nancy (Mollins) Pearson says:

    The Palmers were neighbors in Casselton. What fun times we had as kids! My sympathy to all.

  5. Susie Balsdon says:

    Charyl and family, we are so sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. He was a great neighbor to us here in South Fargo. I remember him making lots of banana bread. May he rest in peace and may the pain in your heart grow weaker as memories grow stronger. Your neighbors, Chuck & Susie

  6. Bob Farrell says:

    So sorry to hear about Rick. He was a good friend to my dad. I will always remember the fun times our families shared at your lake cabin.

  7. Christopher Noah says:

    All my condolences to the Palmer family. Although, I didn’t know your Father all too well I am certain that he was a great family man that was certainly respected. Again, very sorry for your loss.

  8. Debbie (DeMars) Wright says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Palmer family. Rick was always a part of our lake life on Big Cormorant and whenever I was around, treated me as if I was a part of the family. He will be missed. Sympathies to you all.

  9. Connie Meier says:

    Sincere sympathy Charyl and family. I remember good times at the lake with Rick grilling for all of us! Remember all the good times and you will forever hold him close to your hearts.

  10. Kristen Kramer Brynestad says:

    So sorry to hear of “Mr. Palmer’s” passing. He was the Dad to one of my best friends growing up, Stacy. I spent many a summer weekend at their lake home at Lake Cormorant and he was always so welcoming to the many friends and family who came over. He always made me feel special. I will miss him. Love and prayers to all of the Palmers.

  11. Geoff and Helen Bloom says:

    Our deepest sympathies to our dear friends Rich and Sonja Palmer, and the entire Palmer family. We know he will be with you all forever.

  12. Harvey Taylor says:

    My condolences to all the Palmer Family on Rick’s passing, having known Denny, Tim, & Steve for quite a few years. Harvey Taylor

  13. Mac McBride: God bless the Palmer family. We all leave this earth at some point, but it seems we are never Here as long as our loved ones would like. says:

    Mr. Palmer, legacy will be the gracious family left behind!

  14. Gary & Eileen Mikulecky says:

    Charyl and Family,
    Our sincere condolences to you and the family. So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing, he was a great lake neighbor and did love to visit.
    Gary & Eileen

  15. Mort Mazaheri says:

    I know Rick when he worked tirelessly for the development of Moorhead Industrial Park in the 1970s. He relentless sought businesses and industries to build a strong tax base for Moorhead.

    As a consultant in Planning and Development for Moorhead I appreciated what Rick was doing so relentlessly. At times he would get frustrated, as many of the city officials expected him to produce overnight results. But he kept on and Moorhead, as a result his work now has a strong mix of businesses in the Industrial Park.

    My deepest sympathies go to his family and close friends.

    Mort Mazaheri
    NDSU Professor Emeritus
    Former Fargo City Commissioner

  16. Dan Farrell says:

    I remember the roasted pig at your lake cabin and the fun Rick and your whole family had hosting it.

    As Dad told the story on how he got started as a bankruptcy trustee, they were visiting in Rick’s office and he just picked up the phone and called one of his friends “in the know” and asked how one could get started in this field. Dad then laughed and said that’s Rick, he get’s things done. I know Dad truly appreciated him as a friend.

    Prayers and blessings to your family in this time of loss.

  17. Dawn Halverson says:

    Dear Charyl and Family,

    We are sending you all our family’s sympathies and prayers during this sad time. I remember Rick as a fun-loving guy when we were at family get-togethers. The last time I saw him was in 2002 in Florida when everyone came to Sue Evenstad’s wedding on the beach. My mother and my brothers Greg and Brian also send their love and prayers. May you feel the comfort that only God can bring during this time.

    Dawn Halverson, Donna Soper, Greg Soper and Brian Soper

  18. Karla (Syverson) Poisson says:

    Tiffany, thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  19. Pat and Sherry Powers says:

    Sherry and I worked with Rick and the Palmer family at Mick’s South. We have many great memories of being a part of a fun team. My fondest memory of Rick is when I would tell him I was going to do something but had an excuse not to do it. He would stare me down and say,”Pat, do you know what a was gonna is? A was gonna is a nothing!” I could not question that logic! I had to go It done. I always think of Rick when I need to acomplish a task. Rick was a great mentor and will be missed by all. Pat.

  20. Gary & Carol(Suchor) Mortimer says:

    Our condolences to the Palmer Family. You are in our thought & prayers.
    Matthew 5:4-Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

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  22. Julie Grant says:

    Sue I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a very kind man and I enjoyed chatting with him. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family. Special love to Charyl and Samantha. Hugs to you my dear friend.

  23. Sheri Batesole says:

    Charyl and family:
    I’m so sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. I know he will be missed by many. Hugs to all of you!

    Sheri from Mick’s!

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