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John B. Palmer

December 23, 1936 December 8, 2014
John B. Palmer
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John B. Palmer Sr. 77, of LaGrange passed away Monday December 8, 2014 at Life-Care of Medina nursing home after a long battle with Alzheimer's. John was born December 23, 1936 in Lakewood , he grew up in North Ridgeville and graduated from North Ridgeville High School class of 1955.You could say John was a jack-of-all-trades, with on difference being, he did have a master plumber's license.. He started out as a farmer and mechanic, bought a farm, with his brother Hugh in 1964 and moved to Wayne County. After quitting farming in 1970 John went on to do many things. He built houses , McDonalds restaurants, Module apartments, Waste Water Treatment Systems , Conveyor systems, remodeled a few of the LorMet Banks and taught plumbing at the JVS for 2 years, most recently working for Wayne County Community Action. If ever you travel to Wellington notice the ATM machine at LorMet bank that is housed in a horse drawn stage coach , that was John's idea. John is survived by his wife of 59 years Patricia (nee Lensvelt) , daughters Wendy Estabrooks of Wellington ,Brenda Manliguis of LasVegas, Heather (Roy)Zeman of Brunswick , sons John B. Palmer Jr. of Glenmont , Mark (Karla Knepper) of Colorado , Douglas (Lisa Adams) of W. Salem, 16 grandchildren , 13 great-grandchildren plus a few additional ones we are blessed to have as part of our family, sister Jane Bender of N. Ridgeville , sister-in-law Kathleen (Lensvelt) Palmer of Burrbank, OH and many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents Hugh and Mary (nee Sharpe) , brother Hugh and brother-in-law William Bender. Family will receive friends 11AM until time of service at 2PM Saturday December 13, 2014 at the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at St. Rt. 57) Elyria 440-322-4626. Rev. Ralph Krall of LaGrange United Methodist Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers family suggests those who wish may make donations to Crossroads Hospice 9775 Rockside Rd. Valley View, Ohio 44125. Online condolences may be expressed at


2PM Saturday December 13, 2014

Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elyria


11AM- 2PM Saturday December 13,2014

Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elyria

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