Robert Andre Palmateer, Sr., 86, of Las Vegas, NV, died Monday, May 4, 2020 at his home.
Graveside services will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.
Andre was born December 13, 1933 in Amarillo, TX.
He and his family moved to Texico, New Mexico in 1950. He attended high school there graduating in 1952. He wrote the words to the school song which they still use today.
After high school, he worked for the Texaco Refinery in Amarillo for 28 years, Naval Reserves Seabees for 16 years, and National Guard for 4 years and retired in 1979. While in the Seabees, in 1968 he was called to active duty and served with MCB 62 near Danang, Vietnam. August 23, 1968 attacked with mortars and rockets. There were 3 KIA and 4 MIA. All battalions were awarded Navy Combat actions ribbons.
After the Texaco Refinery closed in 1985, he moved to Las Vegas, NV starting his own handyman business. While in Las Vegas, he met and married the love of his life, Colleen Sprecher.
He is survived by his son, Charlie Palmateer, of Amarillo; adopted daughter, Elizabeth Dela Cruz (Edward Taggart), of Las Vegas, NV; one brother, George Palmateer, of Golden, CO; two sisters, Linda Jester (James) and Marsha Vandagriff, of Amarillo; 4 grandchildren, John Palmateer, Jeanie Griffin (William), Joel Palmateer (Elizabeth), and Jessica Gardner (Calvin); 12 great-grandchildren, Andre Palmateer, Garrison Gardner, Emma Palmateer, Jaidin Palmateer, Hazel Palmateer, Grayson Gardner, Sophie Griffin, Allissa-Lea Palmateer, Griffin Gardner, Lillie-Anne Palmateer, Grier Gardner, and Joel Palmateer, Jr; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his wife, Colleen Sprecher Palmateer in 2005; his parents, Marshall and Marjorie Palmateer; 3 sisters, Roberta Thomas, Shirley Palmateer, and Aloma Walton; son, Robert Andre Palmateer, Jr; and great-grandson, Westley Griffin.