Russell L. Palmateer

Russell L. Palmateer 71, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 10, 1948 to Russell Palmateer, Sr. and Eleanor Harris.

Rusty was the head mechanic for the Schuylerville Central School District and the owner and operator of Rusty’s Repair Shop.

Every Friday night he could be found racing #22 in the hobby stock division at the Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta. Rusty loved racing and being with his family and friends at the racetrack. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and he treasured the time he spent with them.

Rusty was predeceased by his father Russell and his mother Eleanor. Rusty is survived by his wife Mary Ellen; his children Jessica Macchi (Todd), Russell Palmateer, III, and Sarah Smith (Steven); grandchildren Emily, Caeden, Danielle and Charlotte Smith, Madison and Libby Palmateer, Corynn Willette, Sophie and Bella Macchi; brothers Ricky Palmateer (Crystal) and Fred Harris, Jr. (Jan);stepfather Fred Harris, Sr.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Rusty are private due to the current regulations. The family asks that you keep them in your thoughts and raise a glass of the beverage of your choice in memory of Rusty.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Rusty to Wicklund Warriors at

Guest Book

Deanna Wicklund

Today I learned about the passing of Rusty. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife last September as I drove around the North Country delivering grants to fellow blood cancer warriors. I couldn't get a hold of then, so I took a chance that they would be home. Lucky for me they were. They welcomed me into their home, we shared stories of being treated at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute​. It was a lovely moment. Thank you for honoring the Wicklund Warriors by requesting in lieu of flowers to make a contribution to us. Today we received one from the Lonczak-Jackson family of Saratoga. Thank you and may peace be with you.

Rick & Crystal

We sit and thought of all the great times with you two, pushing the old white car down Peco mountain when it broke down and we had the only mechanic without tools, then ending up in a hotel for the night. ( I can still hear him say RICKY GET IN THE CAR) All the nursing home we found, and of course the ride down Bromley Mountain he showed his little brother didn't he. We also know the kind and loving person he was and will miss him and his phone call. MaryEllen if you need anything you know the number don't hesitate all our love. Sarah what a beautiful eulogy you did him justice.

Peggy & Larry Hanover

We are so sorry to hear about Randy's passing, particularly in such a difficult environment.
Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family, we are thinking of you during this difficult time and hope that your good memories are a comfort.
In sympathy and caring,
Peggy & Larry Hanover

Julia Pooler

Jessica and family, My condolences on your dad’s passing. Please know you will be in my thoughts during this difficult time.

Chuck Barss

He will be missed. I am blessed to have been able to call Rusty my friend. My condolences to his family.

Patrick Quillan

Rusty I remember him from high school, but was able to know him better since I was going out with his cousin Lorraine, he was a real nice person, my condolences to his family and dear friends he will be missed by all that knew him. He was a great person.

Myrna Cobart

So sorry for your loss. Know he is only a thought away. And will be in your heart forever until you meet again in Heaven.

Steve Fitzgerald

Great guy childhood friend friends for life loved racing like me and my family always happy fun to be around will miss him

Chuck Higley

Rusty was a good friend lost contact for a while but always remember the fourth turn Gang we all sat together at Malta, I last saw him at his garage as I drove by saw him turned around and had about a good HR talk' I'm sure if sears knew, most likely be dock an hrs pay, he will be missed my thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family and glad he was my friend. Blessings to you all

Scott Ostrander

R.I.P my friend you always put a smile on everyone’s will truly be missed by all.

Mindy Morris

I am so sorry for your loss my and condolences to the family

Cindy Washburn

So very sorry for your loss