Palmer Patrick Elzey was born to Palmer Hollis Elzey and Marceline Odella Elzey on May 16, 1954 in Kansas City, Kansas. His parents and one brother, Albert Elzey preceded him in death.
Palmer grew up in the Kansas City, Kansas government project housing neighborhood, there he found many temptations for young blacks, gangs, drugs and shootings, but he was able to survive because he listened to advice from his father. This made him always want better for himself so he began to dream of leaving this place once he was old enough to do so.
He was educated in the Kansas City public schools. While in high school he played football. While in high school he met a man named Dave Giles who was the organizer of a government program for after high school classes. Through this program he traveled to the University of Kansas in Manhattan and was introduced to a professor that owned a Piper Cub Airplane.
Palmer was able to fly in an airplane for the first time and through he dreamed of being a pilot. He joined the U. S. Air Force where he learned to fly fighter jets, prior to joining the Air Force he was in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War. He traveled to Germany and many other places. After leaving the service He joined the Air Force Air National Guard, at the age 60 he earned his private pilot license.
Palmer was united in marriage to Linda Elzey who also preceded him in death.
He was a member of the Concord Fortress of Hope Church under the leadership of Pastor Ronald Lindsay.
He was a a member of the Tuskegee Airmen Chapter of Kansas City and Columbus, OH, Black Aerospace Professionals, Black Pilots Chapter of Kansas City and was a volunteer with the Buckeye Tiger Ace Camp. He was a loving father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He departed this life on April 23, 2022 at the home.
He leaves to cherish his memory, two sins, Teynard Elzey and Lamail Archie; two daughters,Tamika Huey-Coates ( Demonte) and Tequila Jordan (Gerald;) ; eight grandchildren, one great grandson, a host of nephews, nieces other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held Friday, May 6, 2022, 10:30am at Lawrence A. Jones & Sons Funeral Chapel. Interment Leavenworth National Cemetery, LVNKS. Visitation will be from 9:00am-10:30am at the chapel. Service conducted by Lawrence A. Jones & Sons Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be shared on our website.
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