- DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory - https://www.debordsnyder.com -

John W. Palmer, Jr.

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On December 6, 2015 @ 11:41 am In Obituaries | 11 Comments


John W. Palmer, Jr.

John W. “Big John” Palmer, Jr., age 69, passed away on December 4, 2015 at Oak Leaf Manor.  He was the son of the late William “Bill” Palmer, Sr. and the late Edith “Dede” (Wood) Palmer.  He lived at 1933 Millersville Pike and Oak Leaf Manor Inc.

John was born on May 3, 1946 in Lancaster, PA.  He was a life member of First Presbyterian Church on Orange St. in Lancaster, PA.  He graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School in 1964 and attended East Stroudsburg State College and Parsons College.  John played varsity baseball and basketball.  He played baseball for the following teams: J.P. McCaskey, the Elks Club, Lancaster and the Falcons.

He also played basketball for the YMCA and other local basketball teams.  John participated in drag racing at York US 30 Cecil County and Maple Grove raceways.  He was an honorary member of the Vagabonds Rod & Custom Associations, Inc.

“Big John” worked for Trojan Boat, Hamilton Watch Co., Eshelman Quarry, KD Tool, Armstrong World Industries and TAL on Columbia Ave.

He was a member of Demolay and Victor Emmanuel the 2nd, Columbia Fraternal Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches.

John’s interests included photography, gardening, cooking, books, travel, golf and attending car shows.

John is survived by a sister Alice “Penny” Palmer Adkins and husband Dr. Henry Thomas Adkins, Jr.  Also surviving is a nephew, Henry Thomas Adkins III and wife Joanne; and grand-nephews, Henry Thomas Adkins IV and William Palmer Adkins, and several cousins.

John stated, “Everything good that has happened in my life I owe to my church, family and friends.  I’d like to say thank you.”

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Service in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602, on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM. with the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey  Kohler officiating. Family will greet friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will be in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.  To leave an online condolence please visit: www.DeBordSnyder.com

Condolences for the family of “John W. Palmer, Jr.”

Condolence from Shirley Jones on December 7th, 2015 8:51 am

My sincerest condolences to Penny and the rest of John’s family. I was shocked to read John’s obituary online this morning. We last talked last week and he kept saying he would not be sending Christmas cards this year and I e-mailed and asked if he wanted me to get cards and stamps and address cards for him but he did not respond. I wonder if he was trying to tell me indirectly that he wasn’t going to be around. I’m so sorry I did not pick up on that. I remember he said he was just going to send his nephews money this year instead of gifts. He told me he had been in the hospital and physical therapy recently and he was better.
John always down played how he was feeling he never whined about his health issues. He said he still needed to lose a little more weight and so he was watching what he ate.
I am so sorry my friend passed away. When my mother, Jimmie Jones, was a resident at Oak Leaf from June,2006 to June 2010, John always let me know what and how she was doing. We connected because we are both graduated from J.P. McCaskey; John in 1964 and I in 1962.
God bless and comfort you. Sincerely, Shirley Jones

Condolence from The DeHart Family on December 7th, 2015 9:55 am

On behalf of the DeHart Family, I am sending our condolences to the Palmer Family. The DeHart Family had a long history with John. John followed Marauder Basketball closely and helped the team. My father, Dick resided with John for a time at Oak Leaf Manor in the summer of 2014. Our best wishes to everyone who knew John.

Molly DeHart Henderson

Condolence from Doug Hill on December 7th, 2015 10:15 am

Penny and Family: John’s and my lives intersected initially through our fathers – Bill and Sherman. Our mothers were in the hospital for an overlapping period when we were born. I remember warm Christmas celebration at the Palmer house off the Millersville Pike. And we all had a great time at Camp Mattahoon in DE over successive labor days. Although I didn’t get to see John in many years, the memories will last a lifetime. Please accept my sympathy for the loss of John. May he rest in peace.

Doug Hill

Condolence from Jeff on December 7th, 2015 11:04 am

John was a great guy. Always friendly and optimistic. We will miss him. What we lost today is heaven’s gain. God bless you!

Condolence from Dottie yuska on December 7th, 2015 2:04 pm


I want to be sure that you know that John was one of, if not the most loved member of our class – M cCaskey Class of 64. I never heard him speak a harsh word, nor were any said about him. Sorry we did not get one more dance. He will be missed.

Condolence from Ron Flick on December 7th, 2015 8:33 pm

John You will be missed by many,my fondest memories were always seeing and reminiscing with John at the annual Oldtimers Banquet.I 1st met John at the YMCA were we spent hours playing basketball. John was a great team player and was well thought of both on and off the court. My fondest memorary was John’s involvement in assisting me in coaching baseball some forty years ago. He did an outstanding job with the kids as he so generously gave of his time. You will be missed by many my friend. RIP

Condolence from Howard { butch } Dull on December 7th, 2015 8:36 pm

John and I called each other brother. I felt that he was my brother in our younger years as we went to the drag races together at York , Maple Grove , Cecil County and Indianapolis. Our best times were when we gathered on the front porch at my home on North Queen St with the rest of the gang and the gatherings every weekend at McDonalds. John you were a great friend. RIP my brother

Condolence from Casey Jones on December 8th, 2015 7:46 am

Penny and family. John has been my friend from basketball days at the Boy’s Club on Pershing Ave. he would bring us to his house on Millersville Pike to play as well. I remember how close Sherm Hill and your Dad were. John was always friendly to any and everybody. He was always positive and upbeat. We reconnected when my mother was at Oak Leaf. We always talked about McCaskey and old times. John knew everybody it seems. John was a good guy.
i must be out of town on Thursday and will not be able to attend the funeral , however, my sincere sympathy to you and all of your family. Casey

Condolence from Barbara Ahern on December 8th, 2015 5:54 pm

Dearest Pen,

I have not seen John since he was a little boy. I loved reading about him and all his accomplishments. He had many! He looks so much like your Dad….it took my breath away. I love that he did, however.

I wish I could be with you for his service. I know it will be very meaningful as when you are a member of a church for such a long time, its very comforting.

I know you will find comfort in your family, Pen, and especially Henry and Billy. Please know that I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. Love, Barb

Condolence from Mary on December 10th, 2015 6:56 am

I had not seen John for years and I feel sad for that. I knew him in my high school years and than touched base years later through his Dr. and visited a few times at Oak Leaf. He was just such a great guy! I am so sorry for your lose.

Condolence from Bill Wakefield on October 13th, 2016 8:40 pm

I was sorry to read this. My condolences to your family.

Article printed from DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory: https://www.debordsnyder.com

URL to article: https://www.debordsnyder.com/john-w-palmer-jr/

Copyright © 2016 DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory. All rights reserved.