Neldon J. Palmer, age 85, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at his home in Aberdeen, ID, after a lingering illness.
Neldon is survived by his wife, Jean; and children, Rick (Julie) Palmer, Debbie (Paul) Behrend, and Cori Rogers; sisters, Donna (Ellis) Welch, Karen (Verl) King, Denise (Dave) Dancliff and Jackie (Bill) Terry. He is preceded in death by his brother, Ferrell (Lucille) Palmer.
Neldon was born on Sept. 30, 1931 in Aberdeen, ID, to parents John and Nellie Palmer. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1949, where he excelled in sports. In 1950 he married his high school sweetheart, Jean Holt, and on March 28, 1964 their marriage was sealed for time and eternity in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Neldon worked with his brother Ferrell on their father’s farm. Neldon loved farming. He worked from dawn to dusk every day and loved every minute of preparing the ground, planting the seeds, irrigating and harvesting the crops. He loved and cared for horses, cattle and his dogs.
His three children remember him as a kind, honest, generous, caring, and hard-working father. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings and positions during his lifetime. He served his neighbors and family and was always there to help in need.
He loved his grandchildren, Nic (Kristin) Behrend, Kurt (Kim) Palmer, Jennecca (Greg) Knittel, Karisti (Jed) Gardner, Konan (Wendy) Palmer, Brad (Ana) Rogers, Alison Rogers and Melissa Palmer (deceased). Neldon also was blessed with 20 great-grandchildren.
A viewing was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls, ID. A graveside service was held Friday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Aberdeen Cemetery with a luncheon served after at the LDS Church in Aberdeen by the Aberdeen First Ward Relief Society.
The family would like to thank the compassionate caregivers at Heritage Hospice for their excellent care of Neldon, especially Dr. Mills, JoAnne, Sandy, Patty, Michael, and Ben from Snell’s pharmacy shop. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heritage Hospice, the Aberdeen Senior Citizen Center, or a charity of your choice. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
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