Joseph Anthony Palmer, Jr, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Mulberry Square.
He was born August 18, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph A. and Christine Violet (Pape) Palmer, Sr.
On Aug. 9, 1983, he married Rosemarie (Gallo) Perry. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2013.
Mr. Palmer was an Army Veteran, having served during World War II.
Joe worked as an engineer for PennDOT for many years.
He was a member of the John Jacob Fisher Post No. 62 for more than 30 years.
Joe was a resident of Mulberry Square for the past few years.
He loved being there and loved interacting with other residents and staff.
He was a very social, outgoing man.
Joe enjoyed playing Bingo, the Sunshine Club and all the activities offered at Mulberry Square.
He is survived by one daughter, Kimberly Whitesell and husband Bill of Punxsutawney; seven stepchildren, Steven Schepis, Dave Schepis, Anthony Perry, Darlene Perry, Diane Marks and husband Pete, Denise Maxwell and husband Mark and Paula Perry; seven grandchildren, Jessica Godo Carr, Jacob Whitesell, Brandon Maxwell, Tina Perry, Kayla Shearman and Katie and Carli Marks; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Martin Palmer and wife Patty of Punxsutawney; two sisters, Frances Barr and husband Bob of Montoursville and Lucille Parry and husband Bob of Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a stepson, Mark Schepis; and an infant brother and sister.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at the funeral home.
Military honors will be accorded by the Jefferson County Veteransâ€™ Honor Guard.
Interment will follow at the American Legion Plot at Circle Hill Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in Joe's memory to the John Jacob Fisher Post No. 62, P.O. Box 186, Punxsutawney, PA, 15767.
Online condolences may be made at www.shumakerfh.com.