Nova Palmer 1922-2012 

Posted October 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Nova Palmer 1922-2012 

Nova Palmer, 90, of Miller, S.D., died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society of Miller. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church in Wessington. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 2 from 5-7 with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Rembold Funeral Home. Burial will follow the funeral service at the Wessington Cemetery. Friends and family may sign Nova’s online register at

Nova Palmer was born March 19, 1922 at Chillicothe, Missouri to O.G. and Sybil (Kimbrough) Palmer. He moved to South Dakota at the age of seven and attended grade school there.

On October 17, 1943, in Miller, Nova married Irene Moller. They lived and farmed in Hand County and Rose Hill Township all of their married lives.

Nova was a member of the Rose Hill Presbyterian Church and later the Wessington Presbyterian Church. Nova served on the Rose Hill Township Board for many years.

Nova’s family, farming, and milking the cows were his life. Spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren really made his day. He would tell them stories about nature, or whatever they asked for and they would believe everything he told them.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife Irene, “the beautiful mother” as he always called her; children, Gary (Connie) Palmer of Pierre, Peggy (Mark) Scott of Wessington, and Ray (Darlene) Palmer of St. Lawrence; grandchildren, Marcia Julian, Gayle Scott, Cori Reid, Gina Adrian, Brad Palmer, Sheila Nordquest, Ryan Palmer; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Gerald (LaVerta) Palmer of Miller and Ken (Alma) Palmer of Sun City, Ariz.; step sisters, Mrs. Don Shade, Mrs. Joe Nubsbaumer and Mrs. Jack Ehrich all of Redfield, and Betty Shaffer of Aberdeen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step mother, Olga Palmer; four brothers, Omer, Vernon, Loren and John; three sisters, Fern, Ruby and Freda; and six step brothers.

The family wishes memorials be directed to First Presbyterian Church of Wessington and the Good Samaritan Center of Miller.

Rembold Funeral Home of St. Lawrence has been entrusted with Nova’s arrangements.