Eugene Russell Palmer, 76, of Traverse City, formerly of Beaver Island, died at home Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix. A funeral Mass will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island, with the Rev. Joseph Blasko officiating.
Russell was born April 16, 1935, in St. James, the son of the late Clarence and Lorraine (Boyle) Palmer. He grew up and attended school on Beaver Island, and began sailing on the lower Great Lakes at the age of 16. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960.
In March of 1961, he married Ann Marie Martin in Manistee, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 9, 1985.
Russell worked on the C&O Car Ferry and retired after 25 years.
Russ enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating; playing guitar, dancing, and singing those island songs.
Russ is survived by his sons, John Michael (Ms. Robin Burrell) Palmer, William Joseph (Mitzi Jean) Palmer, Robert Daniel (Brenda Lee) Palmer; daughter, Yvonne Marie Palmer; grandchildren, Adam, Amber, Ashley, Aaron, Alina, Kari, Lisa, and David; great-grandchildren, Krystian, Lexi, Dylan, and Jack; sisters, Virginia Palmer, Evelyn (Tom) Oleksy, Roberta Palmer, and Maryann Ferguson; brother, Edward (Mary) Palmer; numerous nieces and nephews.
Russ was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Edison Palmer; sisters, Grace and Irene; brothers, Perry and Robert.
Those wanting to share a memory of Russell, or condolences, may do so at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com.