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Palmer E. Enblom, 83, of Laporte, passed away at his home Sunday, June 8, 2014, with his family by his side.

Palmer was born July 24, 1930 in Walker, to Gust and Beth (Clark) Enblom of Benedict.

Palmer received his first seven years of education at the one-room school in Benedict. He continued his education in Laporte, graduating from Laporte High School in 1948. After high school he attended Bemidji State Teachers College.

Palmer worked various jobs including the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, S.D. until the Korean War started. He joined the United States Navy Aug. 4, 1950. Palmer went to several training schools and became an Aviation Electricians Mate. He was honorably discharged from the Navy June 3, 1954. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force on the 29th of July 1955.

He married Inez Kennedy of Walker Oct. 1, 1955. Palmer was stationed at numerous air bases including a year at Ton San Nhut Airfield, South Vietnam from Aug. 4, 1964 to Aug. 7, 1965. After serving six more years, Palmer retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant on Oct. 1, 1971. He and his family returned to Laporte and have lived there since.

Palmer is survived by his wife, Inez; sons, Curtis Enblom of Superior, Wis. and David (Candy) Enblom of Walker; daughter, Cheryl (Alan) Dobie of New Ulm; grandchildren, Nick (Kristen) Enblom of Grand Forks, N.D., Margaret Dobie of Chicago, Ill., Nathan (Sagan) Dobie of Milwaukee, Wis., triplets Rose, Claire and Samuel Dobie of New Ulm; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gust and Beth; brother and sister-in-law, Emmett and Carole Enblom; brother-in-law, Rodger Glawe; and sister-in-law, Marlene Taylor.

Palmer's family would like to thank the Sanford Hospice Staff for providing such wonderful care to him during his last days.

Graveside memorial service: 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at the Lakeport Cemetery in Laporte. Rev. Dave Smith will be officiating.

Honorary pallbearers: his grandchildren, Nick Enblom, Margaret Dobie, Nathan Dobie, Rose Dobie, Claire Dobie and Samuel Dobie.

Military honors accorded by the Walker American Legion Spencer-Ross Post 134 and the Laporte American Legion Anderson-Black Post 462.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Laporte immediately following the inurnment at the cemetery.

Palmer's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for the family may be given at