Frank R. Palmer III, who rose from a plasterer to president of a Remington plastering and drywall firm, died June 18 from complications of lymphoma at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 90.
The son of a Baltimore Transit Co. streetcar motorman and a Hutzler's department store manager, Frank Reynolds Palmer III was born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden.
Mr. Palmer was a 1941 graduate of City College and enlisted in the Army Air Force. He joined the VIII Bomber Command based in England. As a waist gunner aboard B-17 Flying Fortresses, he successfully completed 33 missions and attained the rank of staff sergeant.
"They were all over Berlin and because he had flown those missions, was a member of the Lucky Bastards Club," said his son, Frank R. Palmer IV of Lutherville. "It was something he never talked about. If you asked him, he'd direct the conversation to something else."
When the war ended, Mr. Palmer joined John H. Hampshire Inc. as an apprentice plasterer, eventually being named the company's president in 1970.
"He was very proud of his company's work and often spoke of the artistry in the detailed beauty of its many projects, including the Mother Seton Basilica in Emmitsburg and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall," his son said.
Mr. Palmer retired in 1985.
He was a member of the Boumi Temple and liked playing golf at the Hunt Valley Golf Club, where he was a member. He also liked doing renovations on his Monkton home, where he had lived for 43 years, and at his Bethany Beach, Del., home.
Mr. Palmer was a longtime member of Immanuel Episcopal Church in Glencoe, where as a tenor, he sang with the church's choir.
A memorial gathering will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Baltimore Country Club's Five Farms, 11500 Mays Chapel Road in Lutherville.
In addition to his son, Mr. Palmer is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Frances M. Krebs; a daughter, Cynthia Heckcrote of Newark, Del.; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
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