PHIL PALMER FORT FAIRFIELD – Sterley Phil Palmer, 73, husband of Chri-stine Palmer, died Sunday morning Oct. 2, 2005, at a Caribou healthcare facility after an extended illness. He was born Feb. 7, 1932, in Fort Fairfield, the son of Sterley A. and Anna G. (Lord) Palmer. Mr. Palmer was a graduate of the Fort Fairfield High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. A 22-year Veteran of the Air Force, Mr. Palmer received the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with three Bronze Oak leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Medal, and a Presidential Unit Citation. As a young man Phil had been employed for several years by Roy and Glenn Campbell Farms of Fort Fairfield. He had also worked as a Maine State Potato Inspector and a long haul truckdriver. Mr. Palmer was married to Janice Lister who passed away in 1991 and was later married to Christine Seeley Oct. 2, 1998, and was a proud member of the VFW Paul-Lockhart Post No. 6187 Fort Fairfield. In addition to his parents and first wife, Mr. Palmer was predeceased by two brothers, Norman Gray and Clarence Palmer; three sisters, Audrey Watson, Pauline Moore and Helen Lennon. He is survived by his wife of seven years, Mrs. Christine Palmer of Fort Fairfield; four sons, Sterley P. Palmer Jr. of Washington State, Terrance D. Palmer of Idaho, Bobby A. Palmer and Stuart Palmer, both of Bristol, Conn.; one daughter, Sharon Moxley of Bloomberg, Texas; two stepsons, Jason Leavitt of Fort Fairfield, Brian G. Leavitt of Caribou; three stepdaughters, Joanna Leavitt of Limestone, Rhonda Michaud and Nancy Grant, both of Fort Fairfield; one sister, Beulah Grady of Falls City, Neb.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service of committal will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the Riverside Cemetery, Fort Fairfield, with Asa Cook officiating, followed by a reception at the VFW Paul Lockhart Post No. 6187, Presque Isle Street, Fort Fairfield. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mr. Palmer to the Charity or organization of one’s choice. Arrangements are in the care of the Dorsey Funeral Home, Fort Fairfield.