2018-02-01 / Obituaries

Lawrence Palma


Lawrence Palma Lawrence Palma Lawrence James Palma, 74, of Kincheloe, served as Kinross Township building inspector, served on the township board, and he served as the township supervisor. He was on the board of the Economic Development Corporation, and he spearheaded the development of the Kinross Recreation Center. Mr. Palma passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018, in Sault Ste. Marie.

His love of fishing continued throughout his life. He also enjoyed hunting and archery. In his early years, his mother made him take dance lessons, and although he protested at the time, as an adult he loved to dance, and he danced often. His mother also required he write with perfect penmanship. Mr. Palma was very good with numbers and he could complete complicated mathematics problems in his head, family members said. He was a skilled woodworker and was able to fix just about anything. He never sat still. He was always helping people with projects, one of those projects being the stone gates at Kincheloe Golf Course.

He was born February 4, 1943, to Alfred and Mary (nee Wetzel) Palma in St. Clair Shores.

Mr. Palma grew up in St. Clair Shores, where he loved to fish even as a child. He was graduated from South Lake High School in St. Clair Shores. Immediately after high school, he served in the United States Air Force, and he lived in Cedarville while stationed at Kincheloe Air Force Base. When Kincheloe Air Force Base was to be closed, he left the military and worked for Elgie Pollard Construction of Cedarville. He then went to work for the management company at Kincheloe as housing supervisor repurposing base housing for civilian use.

He married Debra Louise Sims March 27, 1982.

He is survived by his wife, Debra; a daughter and her family, Rhonda and Mike Brown of Kincheloe; two sons and their families, John Garcia and Sonja Killips of Bay Mills and Eric Garcia of Raleigh, North Carolina; grandchildren, Brant and Leah Brown, Brittany and Andrew Jaroche, and Scottie Garcia; one great-grandchild, Kinsley, and his former wife, Carolyn Brosman. He is also survived by a sister-in-law and her family, Linda and Ron Hudson of Cedarville, and three brothers-in-law and their families, Steve and Janet Sims of Buckeye, Arizona, Gilbert and Trudy Sims of Moreno Valley, California, and Ritchie and Gloria Sims of Hemet, California.

Mr. Parma was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Steven Palma.

Services were held Monday, January 29, at 4 p.m. at R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford. Visitation was from 2 p.m. to time of the service.

Interment will be in Kinross Township Lakeview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Kinross Recreation Center, c/o Kinross Township, 4884 West Curtis Street, Kincheloe, MI 49788.

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