Bob Palmer Dies

The last survivor of the local Palmer lineage for which Palmer Lutheran Heath Center in West Union was originally named, has died.

Bob Palmer, or more affectionately known as Bobby, died at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines on Friday, Feb. 24. He was 81.

PLHC was originally named Palmer Memorial Hospital in memory of Bobby's brother, King R. Palmer Jr., who was killed in action during World War II. Bobby and King Jr. were the sons of King Palmer, a West Union insurance man, and nephews of Chesley Palmer of Hawkeye.

After King's death, his aunt donated $10,000 in 1949 toward the construction of a new hospital in West Union that would carry the Palmer name.

Bobby himself remained involved in Palmer Memorial Hospital/Palmer Lutheran Health Center's progression, even attending the Palmer Apartments groundbreaking ceremony in 1991.

"Checking in" on PLHC regularly, Bobby felt honored to see the local West Union hospital evolve from that initial $10,000 donation and family namesake to what is now a cornerstone of the West Union community.