HERSEY – Silas ‘Sonny’ Palmer, 73, of Hersey, died Oct. 22, 2003 at his home. He was born Nov. 20, 1929, in Forest Station, the son of Lewis and Jessie (Gordon) Palmer. Sonny was retired from the MDOT after 32 years and worked for Gallagher Farms for 10 years. He was known for broad knowledge, ability and his willingness to give a hand when needed. He is survived by three stepchildren, Cecil and Ada Gallagher of Mount Chase, Raymond and Jeanette Gallagher of Hersey and James Gallagher; a son-in-law, Fred Bates; a special stepson-in-law, Keith Bates of Moro; special friends, Bob and Pat Morrarty of Patten; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Clara Gallagher Palmer; stepdaughters-in-law, Bertha and Gladys Bates. Friends may call 10-11 a.m. today with funeral services being held at 11 a.m. at the Bowers Funeral Home, Island Falls, with Clayton Alward officiating. Interment will be in Hersey Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to V.N.A. or Hospice of Aroostook, Houlton Division. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.