Edward Hoyt Palmer, Jr. passed away Thursday, October 22, 2020 in Winfield, Kansas at the age of 96. He was born the son of Edward H. and Helen (Van Houten) Palmer on May 6, 1924 in Paterson, New Jersey. As a young man, Edward faithfully served his country during WWII as a flight officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following his service, Edward began a career in sales. At age 38, he shifted professions, earned a law degree from the University of Iowa, and then held posts as Assistant Dean at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Dean of Oklahoma City University School of Law, and eventually retired as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. On August 2, 1947, he and Doris Marilyn Ruzek were united in marriage in Chicago, Illinois. Together they celebrated 64 years of marriage before her passing in 2012.
Survivors include his sister Judith Tsukroff (Arnold) of Norfolk, Connecticut; daughter Patricia Beckett of Raleigh, North Carolina; daughter Pam Renn (Chad) of Wellington, Kansas; son John J. Palmer of Deerfield, Illinois; grandchildren Benjamin Renn (Allison) of Wichita, Kansas; Zachary Renn of Lawrence, Kansas; Rebecca Cohenour (Robby) of Dallas, Texas; Melissa Crimmins (Ryan) Of Oxford, England; and Christina S. of North Carolina, along with 10 great-grandchildren.
Along with his wife, Edward was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Bill and Donald Palmer.
Private graveside services will be held for Mr. Palmer. There will be no visitation planned.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Winfield Senior Living Community. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.
Share a memory, leave condolences or sign his digital tribute wall at www.cornejofuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Cornejo Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.
Posted online on October 23, 2020