Vigen Memorial Home obituary – Tony Palmer, 52, of Keokuk

Tony "Bones" Palmer, 52, of Keokuk, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020

Tony “Bones” Palmer, 52 of Keokuk, IA died Thursday, November 26, 2020 at UnityPoint Health – Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines Iowa.
He was born November 17, 1968, in Burlington, IA, the son of Clair and Norma McGraw Palmer. On January 25, 1990, he was united in marriage to Susan McCarl in Burlington, IA. She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Shannon Watts (Travis Meyers) and her children, Abigail, Kylie, Cadence, Hayden, Chase and Leah all of Keokuk and Shawndra Spoores (James Balmer) and her children, Alyssa, Haylee, Jace and Jaxson all of Ft. Madison, his mother, Norma Palmer of Stronghurst, IL, one sister, Lori Lewis (John) of Denmark, two nieces and one nephew, ten great nieces and nephews, and his mother in law, Gloria McCarl of Fort Madison.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, Clair Palmer, his father in law, Franklin McCarl, four uncles and three aunts.
Tony was a mechanic all his life. He enjoyed going to car shows and to the drag strips watching the hot rods race. Cruising the back roads with his wife and grandkids looking for old cars was a highlight of his week.
He considered his friends like family and would do anything for any of them. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren teaching them all about cars and leavin’ burnouts especially in his pride and joy his 1993 GMC Yukon 4×4.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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