In Memory of
Howard A. Palmer




Howard A. Palmer, 93, died March 26, 2015.

Born May 1, 1921 in Detroit, Mich. to Harry R. and Della E. Palmer, he married Margaret E. D'Eath October 2, 1943.

A Certified Public Accountant, he began his career in Detroit, Mich. in 1945 with the firm of Ernst & Ernst (Ernst & Young). He came to Akron, Ohio in 1960 and served as managing partner until his retirement in 1981. During his business career he served on the Boards of numerous Civic, Charitable, and Social organizations including the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, the Little Hoover Commission in Akron, Akron Metro Transit Authority, and Blossom Music Center. He also served as President of the Ohio Ballet, Akron Zoo, Portage Country Club, and the 
Akron Community Foundation. He founded the Cascade Club in 1979 and served as its first President. He was a member of Fairlawn and Portage Country Clubs, and Sharon Golf Club. He was a member of Fairlawn West U.C.C. for over 40 years and presently a member of The Bath Church, U.C.C.

He loved gardening and woodworking. He won the Keep Akron Beautiful Award for work done at his home and spent many hours making improvements to Evergreen Acres, a farm in Carrolton, Ohio, that he and Margaret enjoyed for many years after retirement. He loved his flowers and surrounded himself and others with them and with beautiful gardens. He also created many keepsakes in his shop that will be treasured forever.

In addition to Margaret, he is survived by his daughter, Janet Lynn Budai (David) of Stow; grandchildren, Kristin (Lee) Rawlette of Las Vegas, Nev., Kathryn (Mark) Walters of Cuyahoga Falls, Victoria Palmer and Kathryn Palmer, both of Tallahassee, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Madison, Alyssa and Adam Walters, Ty and Cody Rawlette. He was preceded in death by his sons, Kenneth Robert Palmer and Gerald Allen Palmer.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. MONDAY in the Historical Chapel at The Bath Church, U.C.C., 3980 W. Bath Rd., with Rev. Mark W. Frey officiating. Inurnment at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Michigan, on Tuesday. Friends may call at the church MONDAY one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the 
Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307. To share a Memory, Send a Condolence or Light a Candle, visit the Tribute Wall at

It is with deep sadness that we have lost our very treasured friend and long-time member, Howard Palmer. He was a very active throughout his many years of membership with our support group and always had great ideas to keep forging ahead to keep our battles with post-polio with a positive attitude. The following obituary on Howard doesn’t even begin to say what all Howard was involved in and how many lives he touched. His active lifestyle his whole life - even into his 90’s – was so exciting and he was always reaching out to help others. Howard was a kind and gentle soul with a smile that showed his love for everyone and everything. He spirit to live life to the fullest should be a reminder to us all how precious every day is and that it is up to us how happy we make ourselves.

Rest in peace Howard

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