Palmer Bettermann, 58Palmer Arthur Bettermann, 58, Miltona, died Friday, March 1, 2013 at his home, following a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.
Palmer Arthur Bettermann, 58, Miltona, died Friday, March 1, 2013 at his home, following a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.
Palmer was born September 6, 1954 to Alfred and Marie (Ruckheim) Bettermann in Parkers Prairie. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in West Miltona. He graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1972 and continued his education by attending DeVry Technical Institute for a year in Chicago, Illinois.
Following his education, he returned to the family homestead in Miltona and began working as a self-employed carpenter. Besides working as a carpenter for most of his life, he owned Country Craftsman LLC and created “Palmer’s Plant Kandy,” a natural fish fertilizer product.
Palmer provided care for his mother for more than 15 years, until she moved into assisted living.
He was an active life-member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he served on church council and was currently treasurer. Palmer was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed ice fishing, goose and duck hunting, bow hunting, ice skating, biking and cross country skiing. He took great pride in his vegetable garden and enjoyed sharing its produce with family and friends.
Palmer is survived by his mother, Marie Bettermann of Alexandria; two sisters, Yvonne (Doug) Hermanson of Alexandria and Phyllis (Floyd) Brannan of Andover; brother, Vincent (Char) Bettermann of Eagle Lake; three aunts, Delphine Freudenberg of Eden Prairie, Verla Ruckheim and Elda Ruckheim, both of Parkers Prairie; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred, in 1981; and fiancée, Rhonda Landvick, in 2011.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 6 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in West Miltona with the Rev. Robert Peterson and the Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music will be provided by organist, Katie Jahnke and violinist, Carley Noetzelman. Burial will take place at the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be William Bettermann, Andrew Bettermann, Michael Hermanson, Greg Froemming, Charlie Bettermann and Charlie Ruckheim.
Visitation is Tuesday, March 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and continue one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.
Arrangements are with Lind Family Funeral and Cremation Service; www.lindfamilyfh.com.
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