Duane Kenneth Palmiter Sr.
Owego – Duane Kenneth Palmiter Sr., age 83, of Owego, NY, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Ideal Senior Living Center in Endicott, NY after an extended illness. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Kenneth and Reba Palmiter, a son, John Palmiter and his dog, Jack.
Duane was born May 27, 1935. He is survived by Virginia Palmiter; sons Duane Jr. (Lisa) and children AJ, Dylan, Jourden, Stephanie and Danielle; David (Deborah) Palmiter and children Matthew and Andrew; Carol (Maui) Palmiter, Christian Palmiter; along with Helen Cole, nephews Russ and Chris Charlier and families; as well as his cousin Douglass Fawcett and dear friend Ildi Mitchell. Duane graduated from Vestal High School and was a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Duane was a Veteran of the U.S. Army.
Duane’s affiliations included: Whittemore Hill Methodist Church & Choir, Tioga Peace & Justice Planning
Committee, former member of the Vestal Jaycees, Ahwaga Canoe & Kayak Club, New York Canoe Racing Assn., former coach of Owego Junior Football League, Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout) and the Eagle Scout Board of Review. Duane was also a member of several community choruses; Candor Community Chorus, B.C. Pops and the Vestal Community Choir. Duane was a Linwood City Councilman in Linwood, NJ. For many years, Duane was a software engineer and software quality engineer with IBM; while sometimes working as a sub-contractor, regarding these certain fields. He taught computer-programming courses at BOCES, taught the FAA how to use the nation’s first computerized air traffic control system, was a weekly writer for the Tioga County Courier, and also wrote his autobiography.
Duane was a Native American Representative. Duane was a huge Washington Redskins fan. Duane was the first in his family to graduate college. The saddest day in Duane’s special life was the day he lost his son, John. Duane had a generous and loving spirit, and his enthusiasm was contagious. He could make friends instantly. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed dearly. A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday evening at 7 pm at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 E. Main St., Endicott. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home on Tuesday from 5 pm until the service time at 7 pm. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Whittemore Hill Methodist Church.
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