Raymond C. Palmer

June 21, 1925December 5, 2012

Raymond “Ray” Clifton Palmer, 87, of Ventura, died on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, following a brief illness. He was born on June 21, 1925 to Clifton H. and Ethel P. (Daubenmire) Palmer in Baltimore, Ohio. Ray had been a resident of Ventura for 62 years moving from Columbus, Ohio.

Ray worked for Basso Distributors for 30 years as the Warehouse Manager until he retired in 1990.

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served until 1946 when he was honorably discharged. Ray began bowling while he was in the United States Navy. Throughout the years he was a member of multiple bowling leagues in Santa Barbara, Oxnard, and Ventura. In 1958, he became a member of the Board of Directors of the Ventura County Bowling Association; there he started the longest tenured term on the board. In 1999, the Board of Directors of the Ventura County Bowling Association dedicated their yearbook to him as an appreciation for all his devoted years of service. He also served three terms as president beginning in 1971. In 1998, Ray was elected as director of the California State Senior Bowling Association. Ray also coached the Ventura Optimist Junior Bowlers at Poinsettia Bowl. He was also a member of the Ventura Elks Lodge and enjoyed playing senior softball in Oxnard.

His biggest joy was watching and cheering on his son, grandsons and great grandchildren when they played sports. Whether it was basketball, soccer, baseball or softball, he attended every game possible and was always their biggest fan.

Another one of his great pastimes was watching his favorite football team the Ohio State Buckeyes.

In 1946, while working for HC Gofman Shoe Company Ray met his wife Cecelia “Cel” DeConnick, they were married on July 3, 1948, and were married for 61 years until she passed away on April 12, 2006.

He is survived by his son, Raymond Palmer (wife Georgia Palmer) of Camarillo; grandsons, Jeffrey Palmer D.C. of North Hollywood, Shawn Palmer (wife Alejandra Palmer); great grandchildren, Tyler Palmer and Nicole Palmer of Camarillo, CA; sister Mary Jane DeConnick of Columbus, OHl; and sister- in- law, Peggy DeConnick of Johnstown, OH.

Memorial Donations may be made to Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice Care.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2012, from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Services will take place on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 10:00 A.M. also at Ted Mayr Funeral Home with The Reverend Dan Hull officiating. Burial will follow at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Road, Ventura. The United States Navy will render military honors.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 11, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Raymond C. Palmer

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted


February 27, 2013


Sorry I haven't written to you recently but I've been so busy with the kids and practices. Tyler is still playing basketball although his team isn't very good he's having a great time. He's also startin rec ball and Nikki is starting softball, we're sure going to miss you at the games. I'm sure you already know because I'm guessing you were there cheering on Tyler and the Bees but just in case you missed it, his team won a huge tournament last weekend in Long Beach. There were 16 of the best teams out there and The Bees won the entire thing! They also won $1000 credit towards their next baseball tournament which will also be very good. Well that's it for now.

Love and miss you,


p.s. Say hi to grandma for me!

Milo Ferro

December 12, 2012

Dear Palmer Family,

I have many fond memories of Ray and Cel since I was a kid running around “The Avenue Bowl” and later in life at “The Bench Warmer.” As a kid, for some reason I thought “Palmer” was the great golfer Arnold Palmer! Perhaps, this was due to “Palmers” larger- than- life personality and everyone just referred to him as “Palmer!” “Palmer,” will always be remembered as a leader with his co-workers, peers and friends. I had the pleasure of playing golf, bowling and softball with “Palmer,” he was a great competitor and sportsman win or loses. I also had the pleasure of being a teammate with “Palmer” winning four City League Softball Championships, three with the Bench Warmer Team and one with the Basso Coors Team. I would say, “Palmers” finest moment on the softball diamond was the 3-0 shutout he pitched against the Fillmore A&W Team. Pitching a shutout in softball would be equivalent to rolling three 300 games in a row in bowling or a hole- in- one on every par 3 during a round of golf. The ball was signed by the Bench Warmer Team and still remains there today. I will always be grateful to “Palmer” for his efforts in having my father “Pinky” Ferro nominated and inducted into “The Ventura County Bowling Hall of Fame” in 1998.

My Sincerest Sympathy and God Bless the Palmer Family

Kenneth Miller

December 12, 2012

I've known Ray for 40 years of bowling with him. He was always encourgeing me to be the best I can, for that I will always be gratefull. I will miss Ray and Cel at the annual BBQ in July. I will miss them both and think of them often.

John Adams

December 11, 2012

I remember old Palmer he was always a barrel of fun. He will really be missed. The last time I saw Palmer was when he was back here in Ohio last year. Palmer,Peg,Bonnie,and I rode a bus to a casino and we all donated a little cash to the casino he he.
I have a lot of memories about Palmer he was always a jolly guy. It is not a good time to lose someone you love around Christmas, I know that first hand. I will never forget Palmer, I am sure he will tell God all about OSU.

Bill Rush

December 11, 2012

My prayers go out to the entire Palmer family. I met Ray and Cel when I was young and Ray and my dad, Al, bowled together. His smile remains etched in my memory. God Bless you all, Rest In Peace Ray...

Alex Palmer

December 11, 2012


I keep reading your obituary over and over and although I wrote it I still can't believe you're gone. We all miss you so much and it's going to be so tough not having you around this Christmas and at the kids games. I explain to them that you'll still be there watching and cheering them on from up above. I know you and grandma are together again so please give her a big hug and kiss from me.

I love and miss you so much.


December 8, 2012

Palmer will missed, loved THE BUCKEYES an bowling

December 8, 2012

It was our pleasure to have known you for over 40 years. It was always fun seeing you at all the family gatherings. You have fought the good fight and won the race and now a heavenly crown awaits you!

Susie & Nick Orozco, Windsor, CO

Vickie Payne

December 8, 2012

Uncle Palmer was alot of fun to be around & I loved his laugh. He was just like a kid & boy did he love kids! I remember while visiting in CA, he would watch Captain Kangaroo with me before leaving for work- What uncle would that! And, as for an Ohio State fan, there was NONE bigger than Uncle Palmer. If Ohio State was on, he was tuned in ALWAYS. Uncle Palmer even had an Ohio State Buckeye doormat @ the front door. You will be missed, but you will remain in our hearts forever!

Peggy DeConnick

December 6, 2012

Win or Lose!!!--Ray was one loyal Ohio State Buckeye Fan..Will be saddly missed by sister-in-law Peggy DeConnick