TRAVERSE CITY — John "Jack" Raymond Palmer, DVM, age 87, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. He was born June 27, 1925, in Grandville, to Linus Carl and Ruth Gwen (Malpass) Palmer.
Jack enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served his country as a pilot during World War II.
After his honorable discharge from the military, Jack attended Michigan Agricultural College (MSU), where he received his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1952.
Jack worked as a mixed animal practice veterinarian in Carson City for 30 years. He then went on to work for the USDA as a federal meat inspector for 11 years.
In 1981 Jack moved to Traverse City. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially horticulture and landscaping. He had many special memories landscaping with his dear friend, Florence Tolbert. Jack also enjoyed ballroom dancing with Meg Nutting. In his spare time, Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushrooming and walking.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church, Elks Club, Grand Traverse Conservancy, American Legion, and he was a Master Gardener.
Jack is survived by two sons, Richard (Robin), of Carson City, and John (Barbara) Jr., of Schoolcraft; three daughters, Mary Anne Acosta, of Pleasanton, Calif., Susan (Duane) Christle, of Carson City, and Sara (Dan) Krieghbaum, of Ionia; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. Richard (Diana) Palmer, of Eleva, Wis.
Besides his parents, Jack was preceded in death by special friends, Florence and Meg.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 2 p.m., at the First Congregational Church in Traverse City, with the Rev. Dr. Gary Hoag officiating.
Memorial contributions in Jack's name may be directed to the Grand Traverse Conservancy, 3860 N. Long Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.