Daniel F. Palmer

Born: Sat., Dec. 28, 1929
Died: Tue., Dec. 25, 2012

Private Interment

Location: - Not available -


3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 28, 2012
Location: Weir-Arend Funeral Home

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Daniel F. Palmer of Columbus, age 82, born December 28, 1929, passed away Christmas night 2012.  Dan served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.  He was the current Chairman of the Board of Palmer Miller Nelson Insurance Agency and had a wonderful 63 years of service in the insurance field.  Dan had a great love of the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Preceded in death by his father Cecil D. Palmer and mother Helen Palmer.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Kay, his sons Andrew, William (Jodi), and daughter Katie.  Dan adored his five grandchildren; Darcey, Emily, Erica, Daniel, and Cody. He is also survived by his sister Sue Goss (Norvell).  The family will receive friends 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012 at WEIR-AREND FUNERAL HOME, 4221 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214.  The family is planning a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, friends may make contributions to the Memorial Fund of North Broadway United Methodist Church, 48 E. North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214.

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David Gaffney
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
I've had the priviledge of working with Dan at Palmer Miller Nelson Ins. since the mid 80"s. This day while difficult and painful is also a day that we should be thankful for what Dan gave to each and every one of us. I remember him as a man with many smiles, many stories and a giver. He was always helping someone somewhere with something. Dan was not one who wanted to have to deal with hospitals, doctors or having to take medication for an ailment. He would simply just want to keep pressing on and always thought the ailments would take care of themselves. As Dan would say, " I don't have time for this nonsense". Dan enjoyed God's creation through his love for hunting. I will always cherish and appreciate the many stories he shared with me and my co-workers for us to remember. No one could make the details as interesting as Dan could.
Most of us who knew Dan on a day to day basis will be reminded in the days ahead of the many details he attended to and the numerous tasks that he always made sure were completed . It will be up to each of us to "fill in" as best we can for someone who did so much.
Dan was like a "second father' for me and I will truly miss him. But I also know my Heavenly Father just acquired a great individual with many talents to help with the details up above. Thank you Dan and God Bless each of his family members. A favorite verse of mine and my mother for us to remember: Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Prov: 3:5-6

Keith Dawson
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
Very sorry for your loss.

Brenda Cash
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
Mary Kay, Andy, Katie and Bill my thoughts are with each of you. I have worked with Dan since the 90's and he will be missed beyond what words can say. He did so many little things for us "girls". He was more than a co-worker he was a Father figure and friend to me and everyone else at the office. We all loved Dan and will miss all his hunting stories and his humor. Dan was an inspiration to all of us, someone we all looked up to. May The Lord surround you during this difficult time with his love and strength.

Kevin Campbell
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
Andy and Family;

Very sorry to hear about your dad. He was a good man. My best thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Kevin Campbell

Rhonda Prater
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
I have worked with Dan for the past 8 1/2 years at Palmer Miller Nelson Ins. He truly was the best. He would do anything for anybody at anytime. I don't know how I'm going to go into work and not see him anymore, not hear his stories anymore, not tease him anymore and not get teased by him anymore. He's always the first one in the office and he'll have the sidewalks cleared for all of us "girls" if there is snow or ice on them when we get in. He's even brushed the snow off our cars before he leaves for the day. I'm going to miss him bringing my mail to me everyday and handing it to me and saying "there you are". Bobbie and I just recently took some dinner over to his house and he so proudly showed us all of his deer and other animals and "things". I'm so glad we took the time to do that and he was so excited to show us everything. I will miss him more than words can say. My heart goes out to his entire family and friends. One of my favorite sayings from a recent sympathy card that I received and I thought it would be fitting for Dan: "Our world won't be the same without him, but the next world has gained one heck of a soul."
Rest is peace, Dan.

Larry Caplinger
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
I was very fond of your father. I loved his hunting stories.
Our thoughts are with you.
Larry and Candace Caplinger

Bobbie kendralla
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time for you all. These words are not enough to say for his loss.I have worked and been his friend for last 14 years.He sure loved his chocolate and would come in my office before lunch and grab a piece. At 11:30 would be back and say"are you ready".Off to lunch we go to lunch everyday. He would tell his hunting stories while we ate. He liked to tap my window with a stone and when he did not expect it. I would knock at my window to scare him to get even with him. I will miss him very much! You will never be forgotten.

Gary E Green
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
I was shocked when I heard of Dan passing away. I considered Dan not only a customer, but one of the few great people left in this world. I will miss him greatly, and my thoughts are with you all. If there is anything that I can do for you, feel free to call.

Chris Young
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
Mary Kay & Family, Dan was one of a kind very special person; he meant so much more to me as a friend than a customer. I enjoyed the many times we spent discussing our favorite hobbies, hunting and fishing. Dan was the hardest working person I ever met. Elaine and I send our deepest sympathy to the entire Palmer family and also to his office family. I will greatly miss Dan as a friend and mentor. Rest in peace and God Bless.

Sibly Cardiff
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
So very sorry for your loss. I won't be home until after the memorial service. Will call you on Sunday. Love Sibyl

Bill and Nancy Eisnaugle
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
Dear Mary Kay, Bill, Andy, and Katie,
We were shocked and saddened to think of this world without Dan. He and Bill, together with Dave and Spenser Gordon spent many hours with us at our log cabin, working, eating, laughing and enjoying the wonderful surroundings in the woods around us. We will always treasure the memory of Dan instructing Bill on the correct use of the 3 pound hammer, then having to replace the handle after Dan (himself) used it incorrectly and broke it. Deer hunting was better after Dan and Dave personally cleaned the windows. All of those memories are part of our sadness today.
Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of a wonderful man.

Crissy Roach
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
Dear Palmer Family,

I am thinking of all of you, and understand what a rough and sad time this is. Mr. Palmer was SO helpful, with such a wonderful sense of humor, and a generous spirit - beyond compare. He will be missed very much.

Peace to all of you.



Linda Maurer
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
Mary Kay, Andy, Katie, Bill & family,

We are at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort.
Linda & Frank Maurer

Someone as special as "Dan" will never be forgotten. He will remain in our hearts forever.

Dan was a very special person and will be deeply missed.

Dan & I shared many laughs over the years at work. He liked to tease & joke.
As others have said he would do anything for you. He so loved to tell his stories about his hunting trips & we loved to listen to him.
I miss going to his door in the morning looking in saying Good morning Dan. Asking him how he was doing this morning. Having a little chat w/him.

Ilze Abolins
   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
Mary Kay, Andy, Bill, and Katie, and family

Dan was one of a kind. Everybody loved Dan. He was kind and generous.
I enjoyed all his stories, his laughter, the little things he did for "the girls" in the office, and his sense of humor. I still have the picture of the Christmas I decorated his office (i put red bulbs and his deer antlers) with him standing in front on the deer smiling. He wasn't mad when I told him to look at the antlers, he just laughed. God bless Dan.

Kathleen Taguiam
   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
Mary Kay, Andy, Katie and Bill,

I met Dan when I started working at Palmer Miller Nelson so many years ago. I immediately felt a bond with him. He was funny, caring, interesting and just amazing. He quickly became like a "second father" to me. When I moved to Florida I never knew how much I would miss him but we talked every week. I enjoy so much his stories of hunting, his antique stories, his stories about his family and even him teasing me. Every time I made a trip home I could not wait to see him. I can honestly say he made me a better person for being in my life and I feel he should be the example of how we should live and treat others. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Jessie Soto
   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
Mr. Palmer has been one of my favorite customers at Commerce National Bank for almost two years. He brightened my day when he would come in and give me a hard time and he will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by not only myself, but everyone here who knew him. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family during this difficult time.

CNB will miss Mr. Palmer immensly.

The Fritz Family
   Posted Sat December 29, 2012
Bill, Jodi, Darcey, Emily and Cody,

We are so sorry about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as well as Bill's mom and siblings.

JP, Patty, Jake & Zach Fritz

Janet & Jan Rouda
   Posted Sun December 30, 2012
Dear May Kay

Janet and I wish to extend to you our deepest sympathies for your loss.

I'm sorry we're not able to be there to support you and the family.

Janet and I have the greatest respect for you and Dan and feel your loss greatly.

We hope your recovery continues to improve and you're able to get around soon.

With warm regards,

Janet and Jan Roudadesiath

Gwynyth Mislin
   Posted Sun December 30, 2012
To the Palmer Family,
I was so fond of Mr. Palmer and enjoyed every encounter I had with him. I know this is a profound loss for all of you and it is indeed a loss for the entire community. What a lovely man!

Sharon Poole
   Posted Mon January 14, 2013
I got to know Dan through my cousin, Bobbie. At times the three of us would have lunch together. I enjoyed listening to his hunting stories and teasing him about the moose that got away. I have fond memories of him and will always remember his generosity toward me. He treated me like family. I am very sorry for your loss.

Romie Sachs
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Mary Kay I was deeply sadened to learn the news of Dan. What a wonderful man, great sense of humor and stories to share of hunting. I have fond memories of Dan and Dave Gordon from their youth. My deepest sympathy to you and all the Palmer family.

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