Richard Payne Palmatary

June 21, 1938 - February 12, 2020 Wilmington, DE | Age 81

Mr. Richard Payne Palmatary, age 81 of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at ManorCare Health Services-Pike Creek on Limestone Road. Born on June 21, 1938 on the family farm in Fairville, PA he was the son of the late Aaron F., Sr. and Madeline (Payne) Palmatary.

Mr. Palmatary worked at Johnson’s pharmacy in Greenville during his time in high school. He graduated from Unionville Chadds Ford School. In 1960 he went to work for E.I. DuPont in Wilmington, DE. In August of 1978 he moved to Orlando, FL and opened an antique shop where it remained open until 1981 when he had an opportunity to work for Boeing Services International in Cocoa Beach, FL. In 1983 he continued his work at EG&G FL Inc. at the Kennedy Space Center. In his free time and in retirement he enjoyed antiques, computers, world traveling, politics and researching his family genealogy. In December of 2017 he returned to Wilmington, DE to reside in the Pike Creek area.

Mr. Palmatary is survived by his siblings, Donald E. Palmatary (Jean – deceased) of Fort Smith, AK; Dorris J. Munro (John) of Wilmington, DE; M. Elaine Smith (Eliot – deceased) of Salem, SC; Harvey I. Palmatary (Bonnie) of Lock Haven, PA; Sara J. Pennington (Vance, Sr.) of Newark, DE; E. Catherine Parkinson (John) of Claymont, DE; A. Gladys Taylor (Bayard) of New Market, MD; F. JoAnn Borror (Eugene-deceased) of Cochranville, PA. He was also survived by 22 nieces and nephews and many great and great great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers Aaron F. Palmatary, Jr. (Marlene); Robert H. Palmatary and E. Duane Palmatary (Carolyn).

All services are private. Contributions may be made in Mr. Palmatary’s name to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 North Summit Street, P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, OH 43699-0086.


  1. Uncle Rich,
    I already miss you, your smile and your love of breakfast and chocolate cake. Our family will always hold you in our hearts. Much love as you rest easy with the angels and those who have gone before you, including my father, who I deeply miss every day. ❤️

    Donna Palmatary | February 26, 2020 at 7:04 PM
  2. Richard was a classmate and my Junior Prom date. Our high school graduation class meets once a month for lunch and Richard would sometimes make a luncheon if he was here from Florida. More recently he was able to attend more luncheons. Richard will be greatly missed. RIP. Condolences to his family.

    Louise Parenti | February 19, 2020 at 9:07 AM
  3. Rest high on the mountain. You will be missed and never forgotten. Give my love to Mom, Pop, Buddy, Bobby and Duane.

    Sara Pennington | February 16, 2020 at 10:17 AM
  4. Please rest in peace. Your journey to a new life is everlasting. When you see your brothers, tell them they are never far away’ they will stay in our hearts forever. We miss all of you.

    Effa Catherine Parkinson | February 15, 2020 at 2:47 PM
  5. Richard was a loving, caring and compassionate brother-in-law. He loved the arts, cultural events and music. His talents were playing the organ, cooking and he enjoyed entertaining friends and family. He also could be a tease at times with his nieces and nephews. He enjoyed life and his work. He will be missed. He joins his deceased male siblings.

    Marlene M Palmatary

    Marlene M Palmatary | February 14, 2020 at 7:36 PM

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