John Louis Palmer, 87, of Wellsville, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at the Wellsville Retirement Community.

Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Wellsville Cemetery. Visitation begins 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Wilson’s Funeral Home prior to graveside services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in care of Wilson’s, PO Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092.

John Louis Palmer was born Dec. 17, 1931, in Merriam, Kansas, the son of Perry Winfield and Frances Marie (Rice) Palmer. He grew up in Olathe and graduated from Olathe High School in 1949. While in high school, John was a member of the FFA all four years and was involved in the 4-H club in Antioch. On Sept 5, 1953, he married Betty Lou Rose, and to this union, three sons were born. They moved to Wellsville in 1969 and were married 33 years before her passing in 1985. On Dec. 4, 1989, John married Marilyn A. Alexander and they shared nine years of marriage before her passing in 1998.

John farmed and milked dairy cattle for 49 1/2 years on his farm south of Wellsville. He was a member of the Wellsville United Methodist Church and served in the United States Army from 1956-1958.

John is survived by his son, Richard Palmer (Janet Campbell), of Wellsville; son, Dennis Palmer (Cheryl), of Wellsville; brother, Carl Palmer, of Olathe; four grandchildren; Tara and David Miller; Megan and Daniel Miller; Danny and Anna Palmer; and Derek and Jocelyn Palmer, all of Wellsville; eight great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wives, son, Dale Palmer (Nov. 16, 2007), and a brother, Perry Palmer.