John Edward Palmer of Grass Valley passed away on June 24. He was 87.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., June 30, at the First Baptist Church of Santa Ana.

Mr. Palmer was born Feb. 8, 1921, in Elsberry, Mo., to Harry Thomas Palmer and Annie Rowbotham Palmer. He met his future wife, Gloria Omohundro, in the first grade, and they were married 15 years later in 1943. He enlisted in the Naval Aviation program after the start of World War II, then served in the Marine Corps flying transport aircraft in the South Pacific, and later flew jet fighters during the Korean War.

John returned to college after the wars to earn a degree from the University of Maryland, then a Master’s degree in Business from George Washington University. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1963 and then worked with Rockwell Aviation on the Apollo, B-1 Bomber, and the Space Shuttle projects. After Rockwell, he worked as an independent Certified Public Accountant until he retired in 1990 when he moved to Grass Valley to work with his son. During 65 years of marriage, John and Gloria lived in Missouri, China, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Hawaii, and California.

He was a deeply loved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His sense of humor will be missed.

Mr. Palmer is survived by his wife, Gloria; son and daughter in law, John and Sandy; grandchildren Emily, Sarah, Jonathan and Christopher, and great-grandchildren Jonathan and Thomas.

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