Olen "Ray" Palmer

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  • "I worked with Ray in the Bag Factory...what a sweet guy!..."
    - Dave Stout
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    - Opal Husted
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    - Kevin Blomdahl
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July 6, 1927 ~ October 31, 2017

Born in Broken Bow, OK on July 6th, 1927, to John William Palmer and Mazilla Emily Bean Palmer, Ray was the youngest of seven children. He quietly passed away on Oct. 31st, 2017. Ray came to Vancouver, WA at the young age of 16 with his mother and 3 older brothers. He immediately went to work alongside his brother, Vernon, at the shipyards in Vancouver.
In 1945, Ray enlisted in the Army, serving his time in Korea. Following his discharge, Ray went to work for Crown Zellerbach in Camas, until the Bag Factory closed down in 1980, then for Port Townsend Paper, in NW Portland before finally retiring in 1991.
Ray was the consummate Portland Trailblazer fan, having been a season ticket holder for 15 years. He was thrilled to have been in attendance when Portland won the NBA Championship in 1977, and has followed them since.
After retiring, Ray spent time with his family and friends, enjoying his time with his "cronies" from Camas and his many friends from church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth in 1997. Ray is survived by his former wife, Patricia Long; two step-children, Ron Arnold (wife, Linda) and Kathy (husband, Dave) Butler; his two children, Don Palmer (wife, Gail), and Debbi Kor; 4 grandsons: David Bryson, Cody and Justin Palmer, and Brian Kor; and 3 great-grandsons: Kade and Reece Palmer and Elijah Kor.
A Celebration of Life will be held Fri., Nov. 10th, 2017 at the Living Word Fellowship, 5621 NE 78th St., Vancouver, at 1:00 p.m. Please join us to celebrate our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and wonderful friend.
Remembrances to the Ray Hickey House in Vancouver may be made in his name.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.


Funeral Home
Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel
1101 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 892-6060
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 5, 2017
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