Allen Irvin Palmateer, 79 - October 04, 2012Allen Irvin Palmateer, 79, of Bartley, formerly of Cozad and Gothenburg, died at his home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer on Oct. 4, 2012. He was born on Nov. 23, 1932, on the family farm in Madison the third of five children to Irvin Clarence and Alma (Groteleuschen) Palmateer. On the day he was born, his mother had him wrapped in a blanket and he was fussing. His older brother Vic came and looked in the blanket and was very disappointed. His comment was ”Oh I thought it was a chicken.”
As a youngster, money was tight. He decided he needed a new toy tractor as the old one was wearing out, so he buried it, and then told his parents it was lost, thinking they would get him a new one. They told him he had better find it or he wouldn’t have one and he reluctantly dug it back up.
Al was rather ornery in his youth, and also later. He told of taking the new family car to town and spinning cookies. Much to his surprise, his parents showed up and his mother drove the new car home and he was left to walk. He also mentioned that he and some friends had gotten into some mischief which resulted with them spending the night in the town jail. There was only 1 officer on duty and he got called out. They decided to shake the cell bars as they had seen in the movies and were much surprised when the bars came loose. They set them off to the side and went home. The next morning as he and his dad were doing chores, the sheriff drove up . Irvin looked at Al and said “What did you do now?” He got in trouble with his folks, but he and the others were kind of town heroes for finding out about the bars so that they could be repaired. They even got their picture in the paper.
Allen married Carol Colleen Hoshor on March 12, 1953. To this union 2 children were born, Charlene Louise and Bryan Allen.
He proudly served in the US Army from 1953-1955 in Korea on the 38th Parallel. He joked that they signed the peace treaty because they heard he was coming. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 245 of Bartley, serving for over 40 years. He also was a member of the Eagles in North Platte.
Al drove truck for most of his adult life starting with Weber Transfer hauling cattle and retiring from Non Stock Co-op hauling propane and anhydrous ammonia. After retirement he also was seasonal help at Kuglers.
On June 9, 1990, he was united in marriage to LaNora Belle Johnson at Brady. They lived in Gothenburg until purchasing their retirement home in Bartley in 1995.
Al enjoyed restoring two antique Alice Chalmers tractors which he proudly drove in parades and also used in antique tractor pulls. He won several trophies and other awards. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, playing cards, fishing camping and puttering. He and LaNora spent 10 winters either in Arizona or Zapata, TX. When one went fishing with them, he would give the warning that you better not catch bigger or more fish than him or you would be used as an anchor.
He was a member of Kemper United Methodist Church of Bartley.
Allen was preceded in death by his first wife Carol in 1989; granddaughter Whitney Buchholz-Lange in 2010; stepdaughter Jenelda Chancellor; sister Helene Koch and brother and sister-in-law Victor (Cora) Palmateer.
Survivors include: his wife LaNora of Bartley; daughter Charlene (Ralph) Ogier of Gothenburg; Bryan of North Platte; stepdaughter LaRena (Rick) Stuckwich; stepsons Merlin Chancellor of Denver, Joel (Brenda) Chancellor of Curtis and Elgin (Heather) of McCook; two grandchildren—Nichole (Patrick) Maez and Tim Ogier; two great grandsons—Talbot and Enrique; 17 step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren; two brothers—Kenneth (Kathy) of Payton, CO, and Oran (Paula) Palmateer.