FORT MYERS, Fla.
Richard D. Palmer, 93, of Fort Myers, Fla., passed away Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, in Lee Memorial Hospital.
Born Oct. 24, 1913, Richard grew up and attended West High and then Fenn College in Cleveland. He began his career in the investment business during the depression. In 1954 he moved with his family to Vermilion and opened a real estate brokerage in addition to his investment office. In 1960, while living in Vermilion, he began a 20-year career as a golf course designer, builder and operator in northern Ohio. In addition to other courses, he built Thunderbird Hills in Huron and Sweetbriar in Avon Lake, Ohio.
In 1978 he moved to Fort Myers where he was a member of Rotary and the Royal Palm Yacht Club and was an active supporter of The Heritage Foundation.
In Richard’s retirement years in Fort Myers, he began collecting gemstone rough from around the world. He was one of the first to facet colored stones to achieve the brilliance of precious gems.
Richard was the cherished husband of Kathryn Geraci Palmer of Fort Myers. He and Kathryn were married in Fort Myers on April 19, 1997.
In addition to Kathryn, Richard is survived by four sons, Bruce (Sandy) of Huron, Robert (Janice) of Lorain, Ronald (Janice) of Columbia Station, Ohio, and David (Nancy) of Punta Gorda, Fla., as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Emma P. Palmer, Oct. 31, 1996.