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Obituary: Paul Blair Palmer Jr.


Another one of the “good guys” has left us.

He jumped on that LONG BLACK TRAIN to go have breakfast with his beloved Mom (Marion McGuire Dellapella); his son, Steven; his favorite mother-in-law (Virginia Rock);  along with his Aunt Paulla and Uncle Chuck (McGuire).

Paul, age 85, died peacefully in his sleep during the early hours of August 8, 2023, at Meadow Woods Nursing Home in Bloomingdale.

Paul, originally from Paw Paw, resided in Otsego with Glenna, his wife of nearly 53 years. He graduated in the Class of ’57 (a star runner) while working in his family restaurant, Hamburg Haven. He enjoyed meeting up with a group of friends for a monthly rehash of world events.

He married Alice (Coleman) Krepel and they had 3 children, Michael, Steven and Nancy. He later inherited 2 more boys, Erick and Chris Jensen. He was a great Dad.

Was an employee of Upjohn’s; retiring in 1993 and leaving behind good friend Roger Northrup and Brother and Best Man, Jim Brodhagen.

Sonny, as some old people called him, was an artist. Even won a ribbon at the Allegan Fair thanks to Nancy Schmidt. He loved to make chopping blocks, cutting boards, jewelry boxes, potato bins and holiday items. He enjoyed traveling and especially liked Maine.

He professed to be a hunter but the first deer he got was with his truck. He fished and played golf.

However his most prized possessions were his 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren even if he didn’t see them as often as he liked. He loved the title of Grampa Paul.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place, No service is being planned at this time. We thank Meadow Woods Nursing Home and Centrica Hospice for all they did. He was especially fond of Journey Church.

So smile when you remember your friend, Dad, or Grampa today.

He’s flying with the Eagles now. xxoo

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