Dr. Richard V. Palmer

April 16, 1938January 14, 2013
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Dr. Richard V. Palmer was born April 16, 1938 in Des Moines, IA, to Milburn and Alice Palmer. He was a very conscientious person from childhood. People who knew Richard understood that if he was given a job, he would get it done yesterday. As a teenager, he worked various jobs from mowing lawns and delivering newspapers to working in an ice house and lifeguarding. He played trumpet in the high school band and was part of a dance band, as well. After attending Grinnell and Drake Universities, he graduated from University of Iowa to become a third generation dentist. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Richard served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era on Okinawa before marrying Sally Schafer Hobi in December of 1963. They spent most of their married life In Longview, Washington where Richard practiced dentistry. As an active member of the community, he served as President of the Pioneer Lion’s Club, was a member of the Lower Columbia Amateur Radio Club, served on the National Bank Board, and was also a committed member of Calvary Community Church where he served as the Administrator.

After retiring from dentistry, Richard felt the Lord’s call to ministry. He and Sally lived and served the Lord in Santa Barbara, CA, and Lake Oswego, OR before moving to Vancouver, WA where he helped lead pastor’s prayer summits through International Renewal Ministries, and served as Secretary of the Board of Multnomah University and Bible College. He was an active member of Glenwood Community Church.

Richard moved to Texas in 2011 where he and Sally immediately became involved in their community, Heritage Ranch and Hunters Glen Baptist Church. Richard loved electric trains, boating, and old cars, mostly Corvettes. He held an Amateur Extra radio operator license and through this hobby had friends all over the world. Not only did he love summers on Hood Canal, and vacations in Hawaii, but enjoyed travel to other parts of the world, especially Israel. Richard’s first love was Jesus, and he lived his life in pursuit of sharing the Good News of eternal life with Christ to those in his circle of influence. He is survived by his wife, Sally, son, Rick Palmer and wife Laura, daughter Sara Grode and husband Dennis, grandchildren Brett and Jessica Palmer and Caleb and Sadie Grode, brother Curt Palmer and much extended family. Services are Tuesday, January 22 at 2:00 pm at Hunters Glen Baptist church in Plano, TX. Dr. Palmer will be buried at the DFW National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baylor Healthcare System Foundation for Cancer Research, International Renewal Ministries, New Century Hospice of Dallas, or Hunters Glen Baptist Church Local Missions.


  • Visitation Monday, January 21, 2013
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, January 22, 2013
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dr. Richard V. Palmer

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Scott Smith

February 7, 2013

Sally and Family-Richard was one of those rare people who really knew how to listen. He treasured relationships and alway made a positive contribution to my life every time we spoke. He always was quick to laugh and I loved how he had nick names for people, like 'Tiger' for my son Nathan. Most of all Richard loved the Lord and was not shy about sharing his faith. I treasured our friendship and know his legacy lives on a little in each of us.

January 31, 2013

Dear Sally, We were so honored that our paths crossed in ministry and friendship. I always felt, after attending several Pastor's Prayer Summits, that when you both were in our church service that lots of prayers were going up to our lord to bring fruit from the preaching to His word! I do check for your car in Union when I drive past (especially that yellow one:)! And I will never forget your daughter Sara's "recommendation" of you both for our church family! And Rick's messy car repairs to keep my old beaters going. He was always so patient and generous and caring. Love forever! Jack & Betsy

January 31, 2013

Dear Sally & Family,
So sad that Richard is gone, he struggled for so long, and now is at Peace in the Arms of Our Lord.
Jean & Bill Starr
Vancouver, Wa.

Naomi Paris

January 25, 2013

Dear Sally, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you experience God's abiding peace and comfort.

Warren Brown

January 22, 2013

Jane and I send our love and sympathy to you and your family. I have such fond memories of times spent with Dick in prayer summits and appreciate his passion for prayer and ministry to pastors. Jane is doing fairly well, but dependent upon me for her care. We both will be praying for you, Sally. May the Lord will you with His presence and love.

Karen Bernhardt

January 22, 2013

Dear Sally and family:
Though we did not know Dick well but met him through our PEO gatherings, he became very special to us, a very precious man of God. We knew of his commitment to his Lord and Savior. His servanthood while on earth set a tremendous example for all. We look forward to celebrating heaven with Dick. Our love and our prayers are with you all.

Karen and Bob Bernhardt

Garland and Ellen DeNelsky

January 22, 2013

Richard was a friend and fine person whom I knew from kindergarten. He was always positive, and worked to make the world a better place. He fought an amazing battle against cancer and stayed upbeat until the end. Garland and Ellen DeNelsky

Gisela and PK. Salzman

January 22, 2013

In loving memory of a wonderful person and friend.
You will be missed and we love you always.

Janis Englett

January 22, 2013

Sally, I love and pray for you and family at this sad but happy time. Richard now has more knowledge then we do about out Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I'm jealous. May God richly bless and use you in the lives of those precious grandchildren, Knowing Richard has left a legacy for them to follow. WOW!

January 22, 2013

Dear Sally,
It was so nice to meet and talk with Richard right before Christmas. He said at the time that he was very tired. He is now comfortable and resting in peace.Let us know if you need help with anything.
Your neighbors,
Sandy & Dan Gorman