Dennis E. Palmer

March 18, 2021


     Dennis Edward Palmer, 59, of Needmore, PA passed away Thursday, March 18th, 2021 at his residence after a short battle with cancer.
     Denny was born in McConnellsburg, PA on August 21, 1961, the son of Wilma (Stanley) Valentine, of Warfordsburg, PA and Stanley (husband of Brenda) Palmer, of McConnellsburg, PA.
     He served  his country in the US Army and National Guard from 1979 to 2017, retiring as a Captain with thirty-eight years of service.  Denny served two tours of duty, one in Kosovo from 2007 to 2008 and one in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.  Also, Denny and his dad are the only known father and son team to have competed in the Army Rifle Marksmanship Competition Matches.  Both of them received the Distinguished Marksmanship Badge. 
     Denny was a self-employed carpenter who payed great attention to detail.  He passed his knowledge and skills on to his son and his friend Adam Covalt.  Denny enjoyed Go-Kart Racing and being a flagger at his brother's Cove View Speedway in Warfordsburg, PA.  He also enjoyed river and ocean fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends.  Denny had a great sense of humor and he will be missed by all who knew him.
     In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife Lori (Fisher) Ahner, of Palmerton, PA, his companion Shauna Stanley, of Needmore, PA, son Sean (husband of Brandi) Palmer, of Bowmanstown, PA, daughter Nina (wife of Stephen) Skinner, of Georgia, step-son Nathen Ahner, of Bowmanstown, PA, step-daughter BriAnn (wife of John) Wanchanic, of Bowmanstown, PA, brother Mark (husband of Tammy) Palmer, of Warfordsburg, PA, sister Brenda (wife of Denvin) Bard, of Warfordsburg, PA, step-brother Rick (husband of Angie) Marshall, of McConnellsburg, PA, 
step-sister Michelle Hollinshead, of Chambersburg, PA, grandchildren Mackenzi and Isabella Palmer and Noah and Everett Skinner.
     A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.
     Memorial contributions in honor of Denny may be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.
     Arrangements were made by the Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, Inc., McConnellsburg, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at


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