Dr. Anthony

Dr. Anthony "Tony" Palmer

Sunday, November 19th, 1967 - Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
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Dr. Anthony “Tony” Palmer MD, 52, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Spectrum Lakeland Health in St. Joseph.

A Funeral Service will be held 12:30 P.M., Friday, August 28th, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., with Karen Joy Kelly of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church officiating. Due to COVID-19 and in respect of social distancing, masks will be required. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Friends may visit with the family from 10:30 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Those wishing to share a memory of Tony online may do so at

Tony was born November 19, 1967 in Chicago, IL to Thomas & Barbara (Reed) Palmer. He attended high school in Flushing, MI and then went on to attend the University of Michigan where he received his Medical Degree. Tony owned and operated his own practice in internal medicine in St. Joseph. Tony was a world-class chess player and premier coach. He competed in many individual chess competitions, and also coached students to chess tournament success. He loved his work, family, staff, patients and students and will be greatly missed.

Tony is survived by his father Thomas Palmer; sisters Carole Palmer, Carla (Rick) Thornton and Julia (Dave) Warner; nieces and nephews Thomas Warner, Carrie Warner, Tony Warner and Barbara Warner. Tony was preceded in death by his mother Barbara Palmer.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 28th, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Friday, August 28th, 2020 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, August 28th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Friday, August 28th, 2020 12:30pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Mike and Carol Barnard

Posted at 11:48am
We grieve with you in the loss of Dr. Palmer ... your son, your brother, our doctor, our friend. He will hold a special place in our hearts forever.

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Michael Koteles Jr

Posted at 09:37pm
Tony, I just found out that you passed away today. I remember all the chess tournaments we went to since high school. All the chess games we played together. We went together to St Louis to plan in a large chess tournament, US Youth Championships. Then, you traveled to Las Vegas for us to attend a chess tournament together about 2003 or so. I, like you, went to medical school and completed my internal medicine residency as you did. We had so many things in common with each other, its too bad we lost communication in the last years of your life. I thought of you often although we had not spoken in some time. You will be sadly missed. Your close friend, Michael Koteles

Paul Wagner

Posted at 12:30pm
I just found out about Tony's passing. Quite a shock. He has been my doctor for the last 7 years, and "doctored" me back to health after I suffered from sepsis and a month long stay at U of M. Quite a good man and doctor. We'll miss him!

David Reynolds

Posted at 09:44pm
Today I just learned of Dr. Palmer’s passing. He was my Doctor in 2001 when I went in for a routine physical and his thorough exam determined I needed a kidney biopsy. It resulted in me finding out I had a rare kidney disease and he referred me to the Mayo Clinic. Thanks to Dr. Palmer I took preventative treatment to prolong the need for a kidney as I moved to Tennessee in 2002. I had a successful kidney transplant in 2008 from my brother at Vanderbilt and then returned to the area in 2009 and he immediately accepted me back as a patient. I enjoyed his dry humor and political conversations as we always seemed to be on the same page. I will miss him and enjoyed reading about his chess expertise. My condolences to the family.

Sherry Johnson

Posted at 10:32pm
It is still so hard to believe that doctor is no longer with us. For 16 years I watched how dedicated he was to his patients ,they were like family to him. His love of his family and his general desire to do whatever he could to help someone else.He so enjoyed helping his chess students gain the skills necessary for their competitions. His favorite time of year was Christmas, he enjoyed gifts that he received but his greatest joy was shopping for gifts for others. Our Christmas party would look like a trip to Disneyland. He would spend hours decorating the staff room and our desks. And I think all year long he would listen to little conversations we would have so he knew what Presents he wanted to get us. There was always so much thought into the gifts he would give you. And he was so excited to see you open them. He was truly a wonderful friend. He is definitely gone too soon. We will truly miss you and thank you for all the laughter and memories. And all that you taught us about patient care and dedication. Rest In Peace and we will all meet up again . Sympathy to the entire family. Sherry Johnson

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