Cover photo for Cecil Darwin Palmiter's Obituary
Cecil Darwin Palmiter Profile Photo

Cecil Darwin Palmiter

October 11, 1938 — August 23, 2023


Cecil Darwin Palmiter


Cecil Darwin Palmiter, 84, of Masonville, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, while under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky.  He was born October 11, 1938 in Springerton, Illinois to the late Elwyn and Philipine Gersbacher Palmiter.  Darwin was retired after 35 years as a Supervisor with Ashland Petroleum Pipeline which he was very dedicated to and had attended Owensboro Christian Church.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren, working in his shop in the garage, and working on cars.  Darwin was a U. S. Navy veteran and for over 50 years, had been very dedicated to the late Dr. Sara Parks.

Darwin was also preceded in death by a son, Steven Wayne Palmiter, three sisters, Rose York, Hazel York, and Dorothy Jean Hopson, and two brothers, Don Palmiter and Larry Palmiter.

Surviving is his wife of 47 years, Betty Harding Palmiter; three daughters, Kathy Elaine Romines (Dave) of Owensboro, Avery Stevens Hardin (Dwayne) of Owensboro, and Debra Lynn Bickwermert (Joe) of Lewisport; three sons, Glendel Brett Palmiter of Louisville, Dennis Ray Stevens (Carolyn) of Hartford, and Donald Ray Stevens (Shelly) of Owensboro; 14 grandchildren, Seth Hagan (Jenny), Alex Hagan (Hannah), Taylor Donahue (Dillon), Mindy, Brandi, Don, and Melissa Stevens, Rebel Harrington, Tenaya Humphrey (Jeff), Sarah Cobb (John), Joseph Bickwermert (Beth), Dalton Bowman, Tara Allen (Mikey), and April Palmiter; several great grandchildren; a sister, Augusta June Spears of Fairfield, Illinois; a brother, Ron Palmiter (Ruth) of Eddyville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 10 AM Saturday, August 26, at Owensboro Memorial Gardens. Burial with military honors will immediately follow. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P. O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas  66675-8516.  Messages and condolences to the family can be shared at

To send flowers to the family in memory of Cecil Darwin Palmiter, please visit our flower store.

Past Services

Graveside Service

Saturday, August 26, 2023

10:00 - 10:30 am (Central time)

Owensboro Memorial Gardens

5050 KY-144, Owensboro, KY 42303

Get Directions

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 584

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers