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Duane Joseph Palmer Obituary

Duane Joseph Palmer, of Maramec, Oklahoma was in Tulsa Wednesday evening when he departed this earth for eternal life with the Great Spirit in Heaven. He was only 45 years young. Duane was deeply loved, and his lively spirit will be missed by his family and friends.

Duane was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma on Wednesday, October 1, 1975, to proud parents David Jerome Palmer and Terri Lynne (Summy) Palmer. He was a proud member of the Osage Nation (Eagle Clan and the Grayhorse District) also of Pawnee descent (Kitkehehahki band). His Osage name is KI-HE-KAH-SHIN meaning Little Chief. Duane enjoyed the yearly dances at Grayhorse in June followed by the dances at Pawnee in July.

He grew up in Maramec and obtained his education in Pawnee, graduating with the Class of 1994. Following graduation, he also attended Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) for a time.

He worked on the pipeline as a laborer for many years traveling around the country until his health started declining. His favorite home time included lots of cooking and being with his family. In his downtime, he loved listening to all genres of music, playing video games, playing bones, and kickin’ it with his homies.

Duane leaves behind his children, Wazhozha Palmer, Kiana Vicenti, Brittney Vicenti, and Sequoia James; father David Palmer of Fairfax, brother Dustin (Renae) Palmer of Ralston, and sister Shelby (Tim) Exum of Jennings; nieces and nephews, Sierra Palmer, Ashton Palmer, Thunder Palmer, Terrien Exum, Easton Exum, and Simeon Exum; two grandchildren Noelle James, and Nassir D. Grant; a stepbrother Kenny Morgan; his devoted four leg companion Pistol; also many other friends, neighbors, and extended family members.

He was united in heaven with his mother Terri Palmer-Morgan, stepfather Joe Morgan, paternal grandparents Mert and Genevieve Moore, and maternal grandmother Anna Lee Serrato. 

Duane will lie in state at the Grayhorse Chapel. Graveside Services will be 10 a.m. on Monday, July 26, at the Ralston Riverside Cemetery with Coleman Americanhorse officiating. Interment will follow. Pallbearers are Tim Exum, Randy Starnes, Terrien Exum, Thunder Palmer, Aaron Clark, and Tommy Chapman.

Arrangements are under the care of Hunsaker Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax. His online guestbook is available at www.hunsakerwootenfuneralhome.com

If you were a friend, you knew how wild he was and one of his favorite colors was “green,” know what I mean.