Walter Palmer

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 19:00

Walter Warren “Wally” Palmer died Feb. 8, 2013, at his home in Chugiak from Alzheimer’s disease and liver cancer. He was 84.

A celebration of life will be held at the Birchwood Saloon on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.

Mr. Palmer was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo. to Peter Palmer and Ethel C. Rilea.

He came to Anchorage in 1968 and was employed by Sealand as a truck driver for 22 years. He retired from Sealand in 1989.

He was an avid motorcycle rider for over 65 years, and was 82-years-old when he last rode his 1989 Harley-Davidson. Riding was the biggest enjoyment in life, his family said, and he had numerous riding friends both young and old.

He participated in the 1975 Iditarod, and was well-known for stopping in checkpoints along the way to visit with villagers.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores Jean Palmer; daughter and son-in-law, Jean Marie and Tom DiDominic of Philadelphia, Penn.; sons and daughter-in-law, William and Carol Palmer, of Zeeland, Mich., and Peter Palmer of Chugiak; two grandsons, William G. and Jeremy M. Palmer. of Zeeland, Mich.; and a great-granddaughter, Alyssa Palmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two younger brothers, Robert and Raymond Palmer.

Arrangements by Creamation Society of Alaska. An online guestbook may be signed at

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