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Bradford Earl Palmer, 67, of Carterville, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the CLC of the VA Medical Center in Marion.
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy, with military rites by the Herrin V.F.W. and American Legion, Carterville American Legion and Army National Guard.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Brad was born on August 18, 1951, in Herrin, to Carlton "Sonny" and Awanda (Jones) Palmer. He married Vicki Ann (Vaughn) Bishop and together they had a daughter, Lesley. Brad later married Linda Kay Crawford on February 14, 2000, in Marion. She preceded him in death on February 25, 2010.
He is survived by his daughters, Lesley Gould of Cambria and Ashley Mize of Herrin; grandchildren, Teresa Pender and Julian Mize; sister, Lynola Hovenga; niece and nephews, Tracy (David) Galloway, Christopher Hovenga and Chris Crawford; great-niece, Brittany Galloway; and numerous cousins.
Brad was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Linda; brother-in-law, John Hovenga; and granddaughter, Natalie Pender.
He honorably served our country in the U. S. Army during Vietnam. Brad's patriotism extends as far back as the Revolutionary War, in which his relative, Peter Hanger, proudly fought.
Brad retired after 32 years of service at Maytag.
He was an avid fisherman who belonged to the Blue Heron Bass Club. Brad was also a talented bowler.
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