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Obituary of Lee Kevin Palmateer
TROY- Lee Kevin Palmateer (61) died on December 21, 2021 in his home in Troy, NY surrounded by family. After a battle with cancer, he left his home the way he had always intended-feet first. Lee is survived by his mother Mary Merrills, his wife Lynn Palmateer, his 3 children, Jessica Leigh Prusky (Kenneth), Kevin Lee Palmateer, and Shalyn Elizabeth Palmateer (Zachary). Lee also survives 4 siblings Jay Palmateer (Carol), Kurt Palmateer (Heather), Holly Morrizzio (Martin), John Merrills (Karen). He was Poppy to 4 grandchildren; Jackson, Lawrence, Lydia and Keira. He has a large extended family; including nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Lee was a devoted father, husband and son, and one of the hardest workers you would meet. In his early years he served in the Air Force, stationed in Korea for 4 years. He worked in construction until he proudly became a tugboat engineer for New York State Marine Highway Transportation LLC. He worked along the Hudson River on the tugboats, always preferring the Francis and the Margot. His free time was spent as he liked, often in his large recliner with a book or in front of a classic western movie until 7pm, when it was always time for Jeopardy. It’s a shame he couldn’t compete from his chair. Outside of the house, Lee would meet his friends for golf, bowling, or poker and some loud banter. Lee enjoyed spirited libations with his friends and also on many brother’s weekends where no one really knew what happened except for them. Long rides in the car with his mom were very special to Lee and always an adventure. In his later years he would read the Washington post and assert his correct opinions in the comment section. Lee worked hard, played hard and loved hard. He was most proud of his children and family mattered most. It was very important to him to protect friends, family, and community. He regularly donated to the food bank and encouraged anyone who would listen to get vaccinated. Family and friends are invited to join us for visiting hours from 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Riverview Funeral Home, 218 2nd Avenue (corner of 104th Street) in Troy. Masks will be required. To leave a special message for the family, please visit: SimpleChoicesCremation.com