January 20, 1944 – Monday, September 2, 2013
Buffalo Evangelical Free Church, Buffalo
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Buffalo Evangelical Free Church, Buffalo, MN
Friday, September 6, 2013
William F Porter, our beloved husband, son, father, brother, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully on Monday, September 2nd 2013, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Bill was an inspiration to all who knew him and lived life to the fullest. He is now in the arms of our Lord along with his father, William, and his younger brother, Rick. Bill was born January 20th 1944 to William Charles Porter and his wife Geraldine Cook Porter in Billings, Montana. He was raised in Laurel, MT, along with his siblings, Sherry and Rick. He graduated from Laurel High School in 1962 and went on to college at Montana State University in Bozeman and received a degree in civil engineering. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Marjorie Dietz, on December 20th 1965. Of this union were born 3 children: Wendy, Teri Lynn and Billy. Bill went on to start a long time career with the Burlington Northern Railroad. His job with the railroad moved the family to many places such as Glendive, Denver, Olathe, KS, Spokane, and Fargo, ND. He always looked forward to going to work, gave any challenge his all and enjoyed his job. He retired at age 55 after working 30 years with the railroad. Family has always been important to Bill. He loved family camping in the mountains in Montana. Bill and Marj would always attend weddings and all family functions traveling to many states to attend. Bill was an avid reader. He also loved to play cards and couldn’t wait for the annual Dietz family reunion in Laurel over the 4th of July. Last September 2012, he attended his 50 year class reunion. He loved his family and was a wonderful example and provider for them. He was a strong believer in Christ and lived a Christian life. Bill was an active member of the Buffalo Evangelical Free Church, and loved the Men of Faith Bible Study Group. He didn’t just read the Bible; he understood and could explain it. Bill had an analytical mind, a great smile and was a very compassionate person. He always found the good in people. After retiring, Bill and Marj moved to Buffalo, MN, to be closer to their 2 daughters and their 9 grandchildren. He enjoyed being a grandfather. He taught his grandkids how to play cribbage and went to their school and sporting events. They were truly the light of his life.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Marj: mother, Gerry : sister Sherry (John) Seward, daughters, Wendy (Mike) Lawrence and Teri Lynn (Matt) Lubben: a son, William Christian Porter: grandchildren, Mattie, Mya, Autumn, Thomas, Elise, Patrick, Ben, Holly and Evelyn: and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, William and brother Ric.
Family would like to thank their extended family, church family, friends and classmates for their heartfelt prayers and words of encouragement and consolation. We want to thank the doctors and nurses at Buffalo Hospital, at the Mayo Clinic and Allina Hospice for the care they have provided.
There will be memorial gathering at the Buffalo Evangelical Free Church from 5:00 – 7:00 pm for friends and family on Friday, September 6.
There will be a service of celebration of Bill’s life on Saturday at 3:00 pm also at Buffalo Evangelical Free Church. Burial will be in the Laurel Cemetery in Laurel, MT at a later date.
Arrangements are in the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel, Buffalo, MN.