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Stephen Palmer

March 01, 1940 - April 30, 2020

Funeral Mass - Wednesday - with visitation beginning one hour prior

May 06, 2020
- 10:00 AM

Cathedral of St. Mary's


Boulger Funeral Home

Stephen Palmer

March 01, 1940 - April 30, 2020


Stephen R. Palmer Sr. 80, of Moorhead, MN passed away peacefully Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Lilac Homes Memory Care.

Steve was born March 1, 1940 in Fargo ND to Edwin & Gladys (Denenny) Palmer. He grew up in Casselton, ND. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1961. He was a lifetime member of V.F.W Post 1223 and was also a member of the American Legion Post 21 in Moorhead.

He attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND, where he met Pat Sikorski and they were married in 1963 and made their home in Moorhead. They were blessed with two children Lori (Terry Kragero, Sr.) and Tygr (Karla); 5 grandchildren: Terry Jr, Jess, Dustin, Jordan, Tylar and 7 great grandchildren: Jayden and Lily, Rex, Piper and Sage, Isabella and Brealyn.

Steve was a man of his word, a hard worker with great work ethic and took pride in his field of work as a Master Glazer at Dakota Plate Glass Co. for 23 years. In 1983, Steve and his brothers purchased Mick’s Office in Moorhead. Also known as Palmer, he had the uncanny gift of “gab” and the ability to BS with anyone he came into contact with. Plus, there was always a great story to be told! He always tried to make people feel good and get them to smile. After 20 years in business, they sold the bar in 2003 and he retired.

His favorite pastimes were a toss up between hunting with his son and grandchildren and golfing with family, which always took more than four hours for a round because he could never pass up looking for golf balls. Hundreds were found at Village Green G.C. throughout the years, which he would donate to Jr. Golf (sometimes cleaned, sometimes not :). Throughout life, he really had a true love of all sports whether he was playing or watching them. The Fighting Irish was his favorite team! Back in the 90’s, he was able to attend a football game, tour and stay on campus with a close friend who was a former alumnus of Notre Dame. He lived life full each day and always made sure to take the time to have some fun no matter what he was doing.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral for the last 20 years and recently one could find him praying the rosary and attending daily Mass with Pat.

He has touched so many people’s lives throughout his lifetime and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters-in-law: Shirley, Charyl, Ruth, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Ann Palmer, brothers: Denny, Rick, Tim and sister-in-law LaRae. Special Thanks to the amazing and wonderful staff at Lilac Homes Memory Care and Hospice of the Red River Valley for the excellent care, love, and support. We Thank You!

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, with visitation starting at 9: 00.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.


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25 responses to “Stephen Palmer”

  1. Sandie Sauvageau says:

    I only recently met Stephen (Mable) and his wife Pat when he moved to Lilac Homes a few months ago. He had a great sense of humor and a huge smile. I enjoyed visiting with him when I visited my Sister. My sincere sympathy goes out to Pat and the entire Palmer family, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. Jerry Kleinsasser says:

    So sorry for your loss. Steve and I were classmates.

  3. Rachael, Jason, Zuzu and Walt says:

    Sending love and light from Colorado during this time of transition. Steve, thank you for all the wonderful memories growing up. I know my Dad loved his brother very much and the friendship they shared…and donuts.

  4. Jo McCleary says:

    Dear Lori and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for healing and wonderful memories that
    will continue to make you smile as the years go by. Take care.

  5. Renee Kapaun says:

    To Steve`s Family, So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all. We grew up with the Palmer boys. They lived across the alley from us in Casselton. Many good memories. I talked to Steve a few years back when he and his Family stopped by their old home in Casselton. Was great to see him.
    Sincerely, Renee Kapaun

  6. Dwayne and Elaine Nienaber says:

    Pat and Family
    We are sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. May your family find strength during this time and may Steve rest in the arms of our Savior. I am thankful I had the opportunity to visit with Steve and enjoy his humor at Roni’s funeral gathering. Rest In Peace Steve!

  7. Fr. C. Wilhelm says:

    If remember Steve to be a good and Holy man when I was Pastor at St. Marys. He was great to visit with and dedicated to his Catholic Faith. May you Steve Rest In Peace. Fr. Chad Wilhelm

  8. Jean Y. Jacobsen says:

    Our sympathy Pat and family of your dear husband and father’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers for the days ahead. Marvin and Jean Jacobsen

  9. bill hoffman says:

    Our deepest sympathy Pat and family. Bill and Cynthia

  10. Nancy Mollins Pearson says:

    The Palmers were next-door neighbors in Casselton. Great memories of fun and games of “work-up” in the back yard with other neighbor kids.

  11. Cole Jendro says:

    I enjoyed golf with Steve and his brothers and the friendship that developed from that.
    Thinking of his family at this time.

  12. Barb Youngberg says:

    Pat, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of Steve. His laugher and smile will be missed by all.

  13. Ilene Gasner says:

    Pat and family
    My greatest condolences to you and your family. I remember Steve for his humor and friendliness towards others.
    May you find comfort in sharing stories and events that you both shared. Much love and Gods Blessing to the family.

  14. Joyce Gunderson says:

    Sincere sympathy. We remember the good times.

  15. Michael Robert Toussaint says:

    Never saw Steve have a bad day. He always had a smile on his face. a good guy!

  16. Mary, Shawn & Sydney Palmer Bjonfald says:

    Uncle Steve gave a warm hug – had a smile that simply made you return the favor – a laugh that lit up a room and a voice that made you want to listen. I can only imagine the hugs, laughter and continuous golf game taking place in Heaven right now – the Palmer Boys are together at last. Sending hugs and thinking of many beautiful memories for all of you.

  17. John Siverson says:

    Palmer family sorry for your loss we lived across the alley from the Palmer boys all four brothers were pallbearer at my mother’s funeral. We played a lot of football in Eds yard, had to stay out of the rock gardens

  18. Sandy Nohr says:

    So sad to hear of Steve’s passing. I worked with him at Dakota Plate Glass and he always kept things moving. A dear coworker and friend. Prayers to all of you. God bless.

  19. RaNaye Schrantz says:

    So sorry for your loss. I haven’t seen Uncle Steve or Aunt Pat in ages, yet even though we are far apart the loss is felt.

  20. Brenda says:

    Aunt Pat and Family, So sorry to hear of Uncle Steve’s passing. We know there is nothing we can say to ease your pain, but want you to know you all are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers at this time and always. Love you all, hugs and kisses. Brenda and Rich Adolf and Families. OXOX

  21. Brian says:

    Aunt Pat and family, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Steve. Y’all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Brian and Angie Sikorski


    Steve and I used to kid each other about our matching clean shaven heads. So sorry for your loss, will miss seeing him at church with his big smile.

  23. Francis E Dahl says:

    Steve was an up and coming basketball player when I coached him 60+ years ago. Sorry for your loss. Francis Punk Dahl.

  24. Rosie King/Ridgeway says:

    Pat, Lori and Tygr,
    Our prayers are with you.
    The King Family has many generations of memories with your family. We lived 3 doors down the street from you on 13th Street. I was Lori and Tygr’s babysitter. I would spend the night if Steve and Pat would be out too late. I also was also your summer babysitter when you lived on 14th street. I would also spend the night so I would not have to get up early in the morning. One of the memories of babysitting was that Palmer’s always had chocolate oatmeal and it was always a treat to have.
    We also had memories of Lake Lizzie and MIck’s office. We would spend lots of time at both places. What great memories with your family.
    We continue praying for you during this time. What great neighbors.
    Take care
    Love Rosie King/Ridgeway
    P.S. Could you please send me your mailing address.

  25. larry pietsch says:

    so sorry for the family’s loss.

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