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Glenn Randall Palmer

January 10, 1944 - September 5, 2021

Glenn Randall Palmer

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Glenn Randall Palmer, 77, of Rockford, IL passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, September 5, 2021, in Anam Care of Rockford, after a lingering illness. Glenn was born January 10, 1944, in Oak Park, IL the son of Glenn C. and Vernice (Edberg) Palmer. He married Gail Strom on October 9, 1971, at Court Street United Methodist Church in Rockford. Glenn earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wartburg College and his master’s degree from Bradley University. Glenn taught school in Peoria, IL and then spent his career teaching for the Rockford Public School District, at Lincoln Middle School, Jefferson High School, and East High School. Glenn especially enjoyed summer vacations with Gail and Greg to Wisconsin, Mackinac Island, and Va. Beach. For several years, Glenn spent a week away from his family volunteering with Burpee Museum of Natural History on Archaeological Digs, in the western states. In retirement, Glenn and Gail were able to travel with family and friends. Glenn made his spiritual home at Court Street United Methodist Church where he was involved with the United Methodist Men, Journey Men, Staff-Parish, Trustee’s, Finance, and Endowment boards.

Glenn is loved and will be missed by his wife, Gail; son, Greg and his faithful, feline friend, Sammy. Also, surviving sister, Trisha (Kit) Gillman of Joliet, IL; brother, Ron (Deb) Palmer of Bloomington, IL; nephews; Ryan, Nick, Chris (Christi) and grandnephews Luke and Jake; and many cousins. In addition, surviving: sister in-law, Dawn (Steve) Mansfield of Virginia Beach, VA, nieces Kate (Scott) and Elizabeth, and grandnieces; Sydney, Abbey, Alinsley, and Addison. Glenn is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and father and mother in-law, John and Tiny Strom.

A Private service to celebrate Glenn’s life will be held at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL. Live streaming of Glenn’s service may be viewed at Glenn’s obituary page at AndersonFCS.com at 1:30 p.m. on September 23, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in care of Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court Street, Rockford, IL, JDRF IL Chapter, 1 E Wacker Dr., Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60601, or the Parkinson Foundation at Parkinson.org in Glenn’s name. To share a remembrance, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

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A Private service to celebrate Glenn’s life will be held at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL. Live streaming of Glenn’s service may be viewed at Glenn’s obituary page at AndersonFCS.com at 1:30 p.m. on September 23, 2021.

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Dear Gail,
I am so saddened to hear of Glenn’s death. I didn’t realize he had been ill, but my heart goes out to you, and we send our sincere condolences. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and I hope that many precious memories of your life with Glenn will help ease some of your grief, along with the love of family and friends.
God’s peace,
Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson 2021-10-07T14:02:16

So sorry to hear about Glen. I always enjoyed teaching with him and had some good times with him at East.

Roger & Donna Shattuck 2021-09-21T21:09:56

Dear Gail,
Our sincere sympathy to you and Greg. We are missing him.
Truman a d Lois Lander

Truman and Lois Lander 2021-09-21T17:23:16

Dear Gail,
Out sincere sympathy to you and Greg. We are missing Glenn a lot.
Truman and Lois Lander

Truman and Lois Lander 2021-09-21T17:17:37

It should have been Glenn who came to enjoy NYC with you to appreciate our Cantata at Carnegie Hall! At least you had a recording that you could enjoy together. You know I love you!

Barb Adam 2021-09-20T20:35:39

Mr. Palmer was my chemistry teacher in the late ‘80s at Jefferson. Such a smart, kind, friendly man, with a good sense of humor. My condolences to your family. May God comfort you as you grieve.

Heather McDuff-Cunningham 2021-09-19T15:52:35

“Randy” lived a life of purpose and faith. Our sympathy to all who shared it with him. Just learned that he had the same birthday as my husband, Dave.

Blessings, Mary Lou (Upper Michigan Cousin)

Mary Lou Blomquist 2021-09-16T13:20:16

Brother-in-law. Best man at my wedding. Lover of all food. Train enthusiast. Clarinetist. Big brother to my husband. Devoted uncle to my son. These are the ways I will remember this dear man. Rest In Peace. You will be missed. Love, Deb

Deb Palmer 2021-09-15T16:15:20

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