Leland Bryce Palmer

Leland Bryce Palmer

Leland Bryce Palmer, age 84 of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Memorial funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 pm at the United Presbyterian Church in Wisconsin Dells with Reverend Steven Keller officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 pm at the church.

Leland was born September 13, 1932 in Wisconsin Dells at the Upham Wawbeek Farm, the son of Otis and Rena (Landt) Palmer. He graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School in 1950. On October 26, 1951 he married Eleanor Tucker in Briggsville, Wisconsin. They celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Leland carried mail on the streets of Wisconsin Dells for thirty-one years. He retired to raise beef cattle on his own farm in Newport Township. He was an avid gardener, and found time to make maple syrup for family and friends. He dearly loved deer hunting and telling hunting stories.

Leland loved to travel, and he and Eleanor made eight trips to Alaska. In his retirement, Leland returned to Wawbeek (Easter Seals) as a caretaker, following the footsteps of his father, who was the caretaker in the 1930’s.

A man who loved history, Leland created a history of his own. He served as a deacon in his church, on the Newport Town Board, and as a 4-H leader. He provided tamarack poles for Fort Dells. He developed fishing ponds on his property. He was a frequent and lifelong blood donor for the Red Cross. His organically raised sweetcorn was legendary. He was a lifetime member of the NRA.

According to Leland, “there were not enough days left in the world” and “I’ve never tried to be better than my neighbor – I’ve just tried to live up to God’s standards.”

Leland is survived by his wife, Eleanor; children Randolph “Randy” (Sandy) Palmer of Chippewa Falls, Cynthia “Cindy” (Larry) Randall of Wisconsin Dells, Jill (Gregory) McNamer of New Braunfels, Texas, and Wesley (Kathy) Palmer of Milwaukee; grandchildren Hilary (Kristen) Palmer, Delbert (Charlene Raley) Palmer, Gus Nelson, Josh Nelson, Aaron (Kristin) Westedt, Sarah (Ryan) Richard, Gregory (Lauren) McNamer, and Cameron Palmer; great-grandchildren Drew and Anna Palmer, Autumn and Beau Palmer, Sawyer and Johanna Richard, Klara, Liam, Alyssa and Alanna Westedt. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Casey Palmer and siblings, Loris Harrison and Lloyd Palmer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek or the United Presbyterian Church would be appreciated.