Obituary for Mr. Albert K. 'Captain Jack' Palmer

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Mr. Albert K. 'Captain Jack' Palmer

April 29, 1934 - May 3, 2019

Albert ‘Captain Jack’ Palmer, age 85 passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon, May 3, 2019 at Franciscan Health South in Indianapolis. He was a resident of Trafalgar.

Jack was born on April 29, 1934 in Lawrenceburg to his parents, the late Clarence and Alice (McKittrick) Palmer. He was a 1953 graduate of Emmerich Manuel High School in Indianapolis and went on to serve as a Sergeant with the Heavy Mortar Company 151st Infantry of the United States Army.

Jack retired in 1981 as a Captain with the Indianapolis Police Department after 20 years of service. He was the owner and operator of Palmer Electric since 1966.

Jack was a member of the Indianapolis Retired Police Officer Association. He enjoyed tending to his garden, fishing on the river and woodworking. Jack will be remembered for his sense of humor, storytelling and his love for animals.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Lou (Danz) Palmer, whom he married on November 14, 1952 in Indianapolis. Jack is also survived by his children, Ronald Bruce Palmer of Greenwood, Robin Lynn Palmer and Pamela Kaye Palmer, both of Trafalgar and Byron K. (Dawn) Palmer of Indianapolis; bonus child, Charles (Suzy) Roberts of Trafalgar; sister, Claudia Laverne Brosmer of Jasper; brother in law, Harold (Jean) Dewitt of Mooresville; grandchildren, Anthony Palmer, Ronald Palmer II, Albert Keith Palmer II, Nathan Palmer, April Corn, Adrianne Nelis, Jennifer McGowan, Fred Hourigan, Eric Clark, Erin Reed, Shane Palmer, Brittany Vleck, Ashleigh Palmer, Leah Palmer and Grant Palmer; 36 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Doreen Mahan, Muriel English and Delores Dewitt.

IMPD Chaplain Jeffrey Wolf will conduct a funeral service at noon on Wednesday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to service time on Wednesday. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood with military honors presented by the Greenwood Honor Guard and the United States Army.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Jack to the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Palmer family at Information: (812) 597-4670



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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Time: 1:30 pm

Forest Lawn Memory Gardens


Greenwood, Indiana

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Born: April 29, 1934
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Condolences for Mr. Albert K. ‘Captain Jack’ Palmer

Anita Dix posted on 5/9/19

We are praying for all of you that the God of all comfort gives you peace and strength. Blessings, Al & Anita Dix


Toni Woolbright posted on 5/6/19

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of rememberance of your loved one. I pray you will find comfort knowing he is with his Father in heaven. Love, Toni


Indianapolis Zoo posted on 5/6/19

To the Palmer family, Our hearts and prayers go out to the Palmer family. We will keep you in our thoughts during this sad time. Your friends and work-family at the Indianapolis Zoo.


S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret) posted on 5/5/19

It is my prayer Betty Lou and the Palmer family continue in their lives well as they endure the acceptance of Cap'n Jack's recent departure from us. My first personal encounter with Cap’n Jack came early in my tenure as an IPD officer, Jack was then a field sergeant who unbeknownst to me had responded to a fight and disturbance call that was not on my assigned district, but in the area he supervised. Because all area units were out of service (except me), I didn't have an immediate backup. The participants were highly agitated and reluctant to cooperate with my placing one individual under arrest. They began demanding I release him and remove the handcuffs. I declined to do so and began escorting the person outside through them. Several others tried blocking my way out. Then someone in the group shouted out loudly, "Let this policeman do his job... y'all can go and bail this guy out later!" As I was placing the violator in the back of the cruiser, Sgt. Palmer came up the sidewalk to us and asked if all was OK. I related what happened and then took the prisoner to the lockup. Several years later when Jack had made Captain, we had a chance to cross paths. During a chat he asked did I remember a run where I was alone on a disturbance and some people were saying they weren't going to let me arrest a person involved in a disturbance. After a few more details from him he related he heard the call cone out and knew the area was known for rowdy behavior and was able to get free from the incident he was on to back me up on the run. He related when he arrived and could hear the people demanding I release the person I intended to arrest and my responses to them that I wasn't releasing him to them. He said he started to enter when one of the participants saw him about to come in and loudly advised the others to step aside and let me do my job... he said he then backed out the door. All this said as another proof positive that "Cap'n Jack" had garnered the respect of many people through his many interactions with them. In this case his mere presence likely prevented some people and possibly me from being injured had they tried taking my prisoner from me. Jack was an officer well known for his true caring for others. He looked out for all officers as those he was charged with supervising and managing while basically being a "brother's keeper" or to many simply "a policeman's policeman!" About four or five years ago, I was preparing dinner with the TV on and a story came on about an Albert Palmer who was working near his bee hive and was unfortunately stung hundreds of times during a bee attack. I glanced over at the TV and caught a glimpse of the subject of the news story and continued cooking. Later a thought came to me about how the person in the story seemed somewhat familiar in appearance. Over the next few days I was able to view the news story online allowing me to research further and satisfy my thoughts it might be the Jack Palmer I had known from the job. I was able to locate a phone number and called relating who I was and how I had seen the news story about the bee attack. I further related I was wondering if he was possibly the same person I had known as Cap’n Jack Palmer. When he said, "This is he!"... It was like I had stuck gold! We chatted and caught up with each other about times past since retiring from the job. And of course, Cap'n Jack once again provided details of the disturbance run that his simple appearance on scene prevented a possible police action happening that night. A few weeks later we arranged and met with our wives and one of their daughters for lunch too. Jack would call me now and then and ask about a number of our fellow police officers who worked with and around us back in the day. I eventually was able to get he and Betty to attend the retired officer association meetings. They only stopped coming when ill health kept them away. Cap'n Jack even joined in the Facebook online social media group I created and administered. He was full of joy over being able to reconnect with so many hundreds of our fellows from our tenures of service, as those who were members were with reconnecting with him. The experience of rediscovering one of the great icons of my early years in law enforcement will never leave me! I will always consider it one of the "huge" blessings of the technological resources available today. Often, many “take all things for granted” while going about life in a world where we all are prospering and succeeding, though in different ways and to varying degrees. And while doing so, many forget the important hands of those who were there for us when needed. And oftentimes we wouldn’t have any idea that they were even involved… such as in the incident I’ve related in this posting. That is until as I pointed out that Cap’n Jack informed me! Captain Albert Keith “Cap’n Jack” Palmer – IPD (Ret), remains a big icon of my near 40 years on the job and he will certainly not be forgotten here! I render my salute to a great US Army soldier, Indianapolis Police officer/supervisor/manager and above all human being… Eternal Rest ~ Salute


Andrea Batta posted on 5/5/19

I'm sorry to hear about Jack's passing. I have so many good memories playing and swimming at his house and watching him feed the fish in the pond. I will be praying for the whole family during this difficult time.


Tara N Vogel posted on 5/5/19

You will be missed dearly.. I didnt know you that personally, but we had our family reunions at your place growing up and those are probably the only memories i have. Im sorry that you have left so early and we never had a chance to know one another. I hope you are at peace now and i hope to see you at the gates of heaven with the rest of the family. Thank you for your services. Be at peace uncle jack. I love you. Tara nicole vogel (violets granddaughter)


paul johnson posted on 5/4/19

In memory of Jack, paul johnson lit a candle