The Runge Mortuary & Crematory

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David H. Palm

May 7, 1949December 2, 2016

Rev. David H. Palm, 67, of Davenport passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016 at his home. Memorial services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Brady Street, Davenport. Visitation will be an hour and half prior to the service. A luncheon will follow to which all who attend the funeral are invited. Burial with military rites will be at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Rev. Dr. Palm’s name to St. Paul Lutheran Church and Abide Family Center, 801 North Carolina Avenue South East, Washington DC, 20003 (a ministry David’s son, Matt and his wife, presently serve in Uganda, Africa and are on the board). Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.rungemortuary.com. Rev. Dr. Palm was born May 7, 1949 in Rock Island, Illinois to Henry and Linnea (Gustafson) Palm. He married Barbara Jean Light (Ward) on June 11, 1977. He was baptized on May 29, 1949, and confirmed on May 24, 1964. He graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island in 1971, and the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago in 1980. He spent four years in the Air Force between college and seminary. He was a Vietnam War Veteran remaining stateside the four years he served. He was ordained on June 15, 1980 in Des Moines, Iowa. He received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1988. Rev. Dr. Palm served Bethesda Lutheran Church in rural Clarinda, Iowa where he belonged to the Kiwanis Club. He also served as associate pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Postville, Iowa where he belonged to Lion’s Club. He was pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Castle, Indiana where he belonged to the Noon Optimist Club. He was also pastor of Hopeful Lutheran Church in Florence, Kentucky, St. Peter Lutheran Church in Toeterville, Iowa, and Bethel Lutheran Church in Parkersburg, Iowa.Rev. Dr. Palm went on retirement/disability in 2002 when he and his wife became coordinator of the Parish Visitor Program at St. Mark Lutheran Church. He was a dedicated prayer warrior. He had a good sense of humor and liked to make people laugh. He was always telling jokes. He also liked to travel. He had many interest including: genealogy, reading, needlework and model railroading. He spent most of his time reading, doing needle work and working on his model train layout until his disability wouldn’t allow it. He was a train buff. Rev. Dr. Palm is survived by his wife, Barbara; children: Matt (Lovelyn) Palm, Valparaiso, IN and Katie Eldridge, Davenport, IA; three step-sons: Andy (Vicki) Ward, Alpharetta, GA, Chris Ward of Seneca, SC and Ben Ward, Fort Worth, TX; fourteen grandchildren; brothers, Dan (Lynda) Palm and Tim (Nancy) Palm and sister, Linnetta (James) Craig.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 13, 2016
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 13, 2016


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Carl Swanson

March 6, 2017

Remembering David as a friend in the young adult group at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Springfield, Massachusetts which he attended while stationed here with the Air Force. Frid till mine. (Peace on his memory.)

December 20, 2016

To Barbara and Family: We were very sorry to learn of David's passing from Karin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We have pleasant memories of David and his family during our growing up years, early married life, and your visit to our home in Tempe, AZ. We extend our sympathy and thoughts to you and your family during this time of healing. Take care. Dick and Anna Johnson (Tempe, AZ)

Damien & Jess Yoder

December 18, 2016

Lifting you all up in our prayers, but rejoicing in the knowledge that David is with his Lord and Savior. We love you all dearly.

Myron Herzberg

December 12, 2016

Barbara, Matt and Katie. We offer our Christian sympathy upon David's death. Ever since our ordination together at St. John's Lutheran Church in Des Moines on June 15. 1980, I have admired David's "pastor's heart" throughout his career in ministry. May the Advent expectation of the Lord's coming, console you in your grief. God's peace.

Will Sybesma

December 11, 2016

Shocked by David's sudden passing. I'm sure the angels are rejoicing while we are still mourning. Glad to have known David and his composed but pleasant and playful disposition despite his restrictive disability. One of God's soldiers who can now claim the final victory.


December 11, 2016

Thinking of and praying for the family. I know you all must be blessed with many dear sweet "funny" memories. May God be with you in the days to come. Bless you all. Linda and Lisa Wescom

December 8, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time of loss. We loved being a part of your family, and you being a part of ours as well. May you be surrounded with love, happy memories, and God's never ending grace.
Love and prayers, Paul and Robin LaGrange.

Jeffrey and Roxanne Haggard

December 4, 2016

Thinking and praying for the family. Hugs from Kentucky.