Richard Faye Palmer

August 1, 1930December 27, 2018

Richard F. Palmer, 88, of Duluth passed away peacefully Thursday, December 27th , at New Perspective Senior Living in Superior, WI. He was born on August 1st, 1930 to Herbert and Ann Palmer in Duluth.

Dick was a Denfeld graduate and after high school, he married the love of his life, Joyce Anderson. Together they raised 2 children and along with his father, operated the family business, the Duluth Budgeteer. Writing editorials was Dick’s passion and using the Budgeteer as his voice he spoke out on many issues that were important to the community and the people of Duluth. He authored a weekly column in the paper called the Action Editor whose purpose was to advocate for residents who were having difficulty solving problems, getting answers and cutting through bureaucratic red tape. He also wrote 312 personal profiles of prominent city figures. Dick retired from the newspaper in 2008 after more than a 60-year career.

In 1970, Dick ran for a seat in the Minnesota State Senate and won against a 22-year veteran DFL incumbent. He ran as an independent which was unusual but also testimony to his approach to politics which was more about doing the right thing for people than following party lines. He was a retired Captain in the Minnesota Air National Guard and was inducted into the Duluth Denfeld Hunter Hall of Fame in 2012. Dick was civically active all through his life having served on numerous community boards and committees.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Palmer and parents, Herb and Ann Palmer.

Dick will be greatly missed and is survived by his sister, Phyllis (Bill) Ranzinger of Surprise, AZ; son, Rick (Jeanne) Palmer of Eden Prairie; daughter, Cheryl (Todd) McKay of Superior; grandchildren, Amy (Noah) Lauricella of Minnetonka; Kelly (Travis) Palmer of Eden Prairie; Terry (Cortney) Palmer of Plymouth; and Christina McKay of Superior; three great-grandsons, one great-granddaughter, three nephews and one niece.

Visitation will be at 11:00am with a Memorial Service at noon on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church, 5454 Miller Trunk Highway, Hermantown. Interment will be at Oneota Cemetery. Dick’s family wishes to thank the staff at the New Perspectives Betty’s Harbor unit and the Essentia hospice staff for their loving care. Please leave a memory of Dick or words of support for the family at .


  • Phyllis (Bill) Ranzinger, Sister
  • Rick (Jeanne) Palmer, Son
  • Cheryl (Todd) McKay, Daughter
  • Amy (Noah) Lauricella, Granddaughter
  • Kelly (Travis) Palmer, Granddaughter
  • Terry (Cortney) Palmer, Grandson
  • Christina McKay, Granddaughter
  • Richard is also survived by his three great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; three nephews and one niece.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 19, 2019

Richard Faye Palmer

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Jerry Rouleau

January 14, 2019

I had the pleasure of delivering the Budgeteer when very young. It was my very first job. Herb and Dick were great to work for. In payment I would receive two passes to the Doric Theater and sixty-cents (american money)each week. In the seventh grade I joined sister Phyliss in the seventh grade at West Junior and continued through grade twelve graduating from Denfeld. Somewhere in the early 1980's Dick transferred to the Air National Guard and we became good friends. We had some very interesting conversations on the average of once a month right up to the time of his passing. RIP.

Tom West

January 5, 2019

I worked with Dick as his editor -- if anyone could be said to edit Dick -- for eight years. He was the epitome of what a community journalist should be. He was deeply involved in many community projects, and demonstrated leadership repeatedly in a way that only someone who loved his community could. Because he had the pulse of Duluth, the paper thrived for decades. Unfortunately, what he brought to the Budgeteer was not always fully appreciated by corporate newspaper people. I considered him a good friend while I was there and loved hearing his stories about holding the balance of power in the state Senate as well as his efforts on behalf of the little guy as their "Action Editor." May God bless his soul.

Ron Brochu

January 5, 2019

Dick was a mentor and a great friend for many years. He taught me much about journalism and also about how to treat people and gain their respect. We had many interesting discussions and shared good laughs. His impact on my life and on Duluth was immeasurable.

William Luhm

January 5, 2019

Our sympathy is with you on the loss of your Dad. We were good friends with both your mom and dad through high school and beyond for many years. Dick also was a member of our wedding party. Getting married back in 1952 we shared a duplex on West 6th Street for a short period where we continued our lasting friendship. He and your late Mom will always be in our thoughts and hearts. Bill and Doris Luhm, Palm Springs California.

Rick strom

January 5, 2019

Rick and family, So sorry hearing the passing of your father. I remember the days of practicing our band " The Combinations" in your basement and garage..