? Judson Howard Palmer was born on August 10, 1918 in Erie, PA and died on Monday, May 29, 2017 in Corpus Christi, TX where he made his home with his son Dave and wife Sally for the last 18 years.
Palmer, Judson

He lived a long and wonderful life in Pennsylvania for 80 years surviving his wife Vi, who died in 1987, and second wife Alisa, who died in 2000. In 1998 he moved to Singapore to live with Dave and Sally and traveled all over Southeast Asia, playing golf and enjoying the culture of that part of the world. In 2001, they all moved to the Manchester, England area, and once again he enjoyed seeing that part of the world and tracing his ancestry back to Yetminster, England.

Jud worked at General Electric in the locomotive departments in Erie, Pa for 41 years before retiring in 1981. He loved trains of all types, and after moving to Flour Bluff in 2003, he and Dave built an HO-scale model train layout in the garage, where he spent hours and hours running his trains and building model planes. In his youth, he played with a dance band and still played saxophone and clarinet almost daily, entertaining us with the oldies, and especially Little Brown Jug.

Survivors include his son Dave (wife Sally), 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. He is further survived by his late son John?s wife Donna (John died in an auto accident in 1987), cousin Emil Belcastro (wife Carole), (Jud thought of Emil as another son), and a niece Lois Chaplin. He is also survived by 3 brothers in California, and predeceased by another.

Up until the last couple of years, Jud drove himself the .7 of a mile to Caribbean Baptist Church on Sunday mornings. He was proud to have his driver?s license renewed at age 95, even though he didn?t drive any longer. He was an interesting man to listen to, had many good memories of his life growing up in Pennsylvania and saw so many changes in technology and history over the past 99 years. He was a happy person, easy to get along with, and appreciated all that was done for him. His family is so happy to have had him in their lives for the past 18 years and will miss him daily.

A graveside service will take place at Waterford Cemetery on Friday, June 2, at 10:00 a.m.