Wayne L. Palmer was born to Lynn and Mary Katherine Palmer on March 13, 1953, and went home to be with the Lord July 8, 2014, at his home south of Ansley.
Wayne went to kindergarten at Jamesville School between Ansley and Berwyn. He finished grade school in Berwyn and attended the Broken Bow School system where he graduated High School in 1971.
Wayne has always been a hard worker and during his High School years he worked for Jack and Jill groceries in Broken Bow and later for John Whitney on his farm. It was while working for Mr. Whitney that he saved enough money to buy his first tractor which was a John Deere 3010 from Johnâ€™s dad Bernard Whitney. Wayne also worked briefly for Jerry Sittler.
Wayne married the love of his life and best friend Sheri Zimmerman Aug. 29, 1974. Wayne and Sheri enjoyed being together, going to the fair, fishing and working as soul mates on the farm. They enjoyed doing everything together. There is nothing he would not do for his wife or any others that he saw in need.
Wayne and Sheriâ€™s son, Cory, was born June 4, 1976. A deep bond developed between Wayne and Cory that lasted throughout all these years, not just as father and son but as best friends. Wayne and Cory enjoyed deer hunting with a muzzle loader as well as farming/ranching and so much more together.
It was exciting for Wayne and Sheri when their son Cory married Angie Dubs June 27, 1998. With this marriage came four very special grandkids to Wayne and Sheri, McKenna, Lainey, and the twins Emersyn and Emmett.
Wayne loved playing with his grandkids and especially letting them climb up his legs and letting them do back flips while hanging onto their hands. He loved following anything that his grandkids did and supporting them.
Wayne and Sheri enjoyed helping Cory and Angie with their many auctions around the area.
Wayne also had a sweet tooth especially for tootsie rolls and red licorice. Wayne did not have to be told what to do as he knew not only what to do but when was best to do it.
Wayne loved the land and greatly enjoyed farming and ranching especially with his son Cory at his side.
Wayne put his faith and trust in Christ as his personal Savior Aug. 7, 1964. A special day occurred when he and his two brothers, Steve and Rod were baptized by Pastor Art Van Campen in the river by Pressey Park. September 12, 1965, Wayne, Steve and Rod stood before their family and friends in the waters of baptism where they publically identified with Christâ€™s death, burial and resurrection, proclaiming to all that they were Christians and wanting to live their life to honor Jesus Christ.
Wayne exemplified through his life, his love for the Lord with his character. He was a kind and gentle man, husband, father, granddad and friend. He was not easily raddled but patient and courteous to all he was around. He sought to glorify Christ with his life, marriage, family and work.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Sheri Palmer of Ansley; one son, Cory and his wife Angie Palmer of Mason City.; his four grandchildren, McKenna, Lainey, Emersyn and Emmett; his mother, Kate Palmer of Broken Bow; two brothers, Steve and his wife Connie Palmer of Riverdale, and Rod and his wife Candra Palmer of Ansley; along with many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lynn; grandparents; two brothers-in-law, Randy Zimmerman and Lyle Zimmerman; and a niece, Michelle Palmer.