The funeral for Vernon Porter, of LaMoure, North Dakota will be held on Friday, September 26, 2008, at 11:00 AM at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in LaMoure. Celebrant for the funeral mass will be Father William Callery. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 with a prayer service at 7:30 PM at the church. Burial will be at the Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery near Verona, North Dakota.
Vernon Francis Porter, son of Eugene and Lena (Weber) Porter was born on November 28, 1916, in Kidder County, North Dakota. The second of four children, he grew up in Kidder and Ransom counties in North Dakota. Vernon served in the infantry and with the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was united in marriage to Jeanette Skillman on February 22, 1946, at Verona, North Dakota. Through this union, seven children were born. The couple lived in the Verona area, where Vernon farmed until 1965. He continued to work for area farmers in the Verona and LaMoure area until his retirement in 1982, when he raised cattle with his son Joseph. Vernon was very active up until the time of his illness in 2008. He was a member of the Jones-Benoit American Legion at Verona, the Townsend-Good-Shockman American Legion at LaMoure, and the James River Valley Sportsman’s Club. However, Vernon cherished the Holy Rosary Catholic Church membership most, and he lived his faith every day of his life. Vernon enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing; and he was one walleye short of a limit the day before he became ill. He was a devoted husband and enjoyed his children and grandchildren. He said, “They are the sunshine of my life.”
Vernon died on Monday, September 22, 2008, at Triumph Hospital, Fargo, North Dakota. He was 91 years old.
He is survived by his seven children, Michael (Donna), Bottineau, ND, Patricia (Russell) Thompson, Moorcroft, WY, Carol (William) Morse, Billings, MT, James (Shelley), Wilton, ND, Mary Jane (Mike) Johnson, LaMoure, ND, JoAnn Porter, Valley City, ND and Joe (Mary), Richfield, WI; twenty-seven grandchildren, Roberta (Porter) Brooks, John (Melissa) Porter, Catherine (Matt) Webster, Rebecca Porter, Jennifer Porter, Janet Thompson, Calvin Thompson, William (Michelle) Morse, Jr., Shane (Christy) Morse, Chad (Justine) Morse, Andrea (Jeff) Simmerman, Joshua (Julie) Morse, Megan Porter, Joel Porter, Lonnie (Erin) Lacina, Darcy (Ross) Seefeld, Troy Johnson, Ben (Kristi) Lacina, Daron (Codie) Lacina, Kristi (Mike) Gilbert, Ashley (Jim) Glynn, Todd Porter, Blain Porter, Jodi Porter, Calli Porter, Erich Eberhardt, and Jasen Eberhardt; and thirty-five great-grandchildren, Elliot Brooks, Paul Brooks, Michael Porter, Jeffrey Porter, Mary Beth Porter, Jacob Webster, Isaac Webster, Annabelle Webster, Tony Torres, Jessica Torres, Nathan Morse, Emma Morse, Alizabeth Morse, Neveah Morse, Simon Morse, David Morse, Gregory Simmerman, Daniel Simmerman, Conner Morse, Sydney Morse, Tane Lacina, Brynn Lacina, Codilynn Seefeld, Blake Seefeld, Nickolas Seefeld, Hannah Seefeld, Justin Wojtalewicz, Brett Wojtalewicz, Ian Lacina, Fallon Lacina, Paxton Gilbert, Cody Gilbert, Clayton Grueneich, Isabel Grueneich, and Porter Glynn. Vernon was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette, his parents, Eugene and Lena, and three sisters, Gertrude Tosh, Helen Burton, and Lois Dale.
Memorials can be sent on behalf of Vernon Porter to the Hospice of the Red River Valley, Box 489, Lisbon, ND 58054.