Jerald “Jerry” Lloyd Palmer, 73, of Tekamah NE

Jerald “Jerry” Lloyd Palmer was born to Homer Virgil Palmer and Bettie Holiday Cowell February 1, 1943 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016 in Tekamah, Nebraska, at the age of 73 years.

Jerry spent most of his younger years in Burlingame, Kansas. He loved the game of chess, and became a state champion. He later moved on to Alhambra, California. He graduated from Mark Keppel High School and was a member of the tennis team.

Jerry was united in marriage to Margarita Burgos January 20, 1968 in Las Vegas, Nevada. To this union two children were born; daughter, Cherish and son, David.

On March 25, 1992, in Reno, Nevada, Jerry married Cheryl Pickell. With this union, he became step father to Richard, Christina and James Pickell, and they became a combined family.

Throughout the years, Jerry worked various jobs; he was a shipping clerk, part of the crew on a banana boat and a roofer, just to name a few. He found his calling when he started driving truck 33 years ago, and made Tekamah his home. He never retired; he worked until 6 weeks before he passed.

Jerry always excelled in whatever he did. He loved the ocean, and taught himself to sail. He enjoyed his family, and getting together for family gatherings. He just loved life. Jerry enjoyed hearing other people’s stories, and telling his own.

He was a great Nebraska fan, and would stop and watch the games when he was on the road. His newest passion was Words with Friends, and of course, he was seldom beat.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Bryce Palmer.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl of Tekamah; brother, Robert Palmer of Carbondale, KS; children, Cherish (Charlie) Lyles and David Palmer all of Indianapolis, IN, Richard Pickell, Jr. and James (Launa) Pickell all of Decatur, NE, Christina Gray of Tekamah; beloved grandchildren, Cassie and Camille Brodrick, Charles Lyles, David Michael, Joseph, Nick and Zach Palmer, Britany Crosby, Kelsey Gray, Ryan Gray, Tyler Johnson, Alyssa Johnson, Austin Pickell, Keith Pickell, Andrew Pickell.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sat., May 21st at 1:00 p.m. at Jerry’s residence in Tekamah NE.

Memorials are suggested to the family for further designation.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Palmer

Jerry Palmer


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