Dennis Palmer, 56

Dennis Wayne Palmer, 56, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born Oct. 16, 1956, in Columbia City, he was the son of Neil Burwell and Patty Ann (Hoffman) Palmer. A lifetime resident of Whitley County, he graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1976. On Dec. 12, 2012, he married Christine Lynn Bowman in Larwill. He previously worked for Churubusco Elevator, Raber Elevator, Reelcraft and Indian Springs Middle School as a part-time janitor. Since 2007 he has been employed at C & A Tool as a machine operator. Surviving relatives include his wife, Christine L. Palmer of South Whitley; three daughters, Monica M. (Greg) Green, Brandy K. Palmer and Callie M. (Michael) Braun all of Columbia City; son, Corey L. Cremeens-Palmer of Fort Wayne; mother, Patty Ann Starkey of Columbia City; father, Neil B. (Marcella) Palmer of Centennial, Colo.; eight grandchildren; six brothers and sisters, Jeffrey L. (Anna) Starkey and David A. (Laura) Starkey both of Columbia City, Gregory L. (Kristine) Starkey of Fairbanks, Ark., Michelle R. (Jim) Cull of Westfield, Neil “Butch” (Nikkole) Palmer of Colorado and Christine (Lance) Sherwood of Colo.; stepdaughters, Kathleen A. Romanowski of DeBary, Fla., Andrea E. Tennant and Emily M. Tennant both of North Webster. He is preceded in death by his stepfather, David L. Starkey. Visitation will be held Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Tom Beck of Larwill Wesleyan Church officiating. Burial will follow at South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley. Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Palmer’s memory to Whitley County 4-H. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit to send family condolences or sign the online guest register book.