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Palmer L. Schwartz, 82, of Decatur, died at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday at his residence.
He was born on January 6, 1928, in Adams County to Ora and Cora Cook Stopher and was adopted by Noah D. and Catherina Nussbaum Schwartz.
He married Helen E. Roehm on June 21, 1953; she survives.
Palmer was a carpenter since 1945 and was also employed by Adams County as the building maintenance supervisor.
Palmer was a member of Zion Lutheran Church (Schumm) in rural Willshire, Ohio, at which he held many offices. He also was a member of American Legion Post 43 in Decatur; the St. Marys-Blue Creek Conservation Club; and the National Rifle Association, as an endowment member.
He was an instructor for Bellmont High School's high-power rifle team, had been a reserve deputy sheriff in Adams County for 20 years. and served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
Other survivors are one daughter, Cindy Schwartz of Decatur; five sons, Gerald Schwartz (and wife Dana) of Berne; Roger Schwartz (and wife Christy) of Monroeville; and Matthew "Matt" Schwartz (and wife Shelly), Larry Schwartz, and Douglas Schwartz (and wife Briana), all of Decatur; one brother, M. Wayne Stopher (and wife Ruby) of LaGrange, Indiana; 17 grandchildren, Ethan Schorey; Angelique Schorey; Heather Brown; Jeana, Jamie, Joshua, Aaron, Benjamin, Nicholas, and Justin Schwartz; Joshua Beals; and Paul, Kalene, Jonathan, Andrew, and Emily Schwartz; and two great-grandchildren, Sofia Schwartz and Taylor Brown.
One sister, Alice M. McCagg, is deceased.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Zion Lutheran Church (Schumm) at rural Willshire, Ohio, with Pastors Jeff Patterson and Robert Becker officiating.
Burial will be in the cemetery at Zion Lutheran Church (Schumm), with military graveside services by the color guard from American Legion Post 43 in Decatur.
Visiting hours are 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, 2010, in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 18, 2010, in the church.
Preferred memorials are to Zion Lutheran Church (Schumm) and to Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeast Indiana, at Berne.