George Wayne Porter
George Wayne Porter, age 83 of Buffalo, died Saturday evening, July 30, 2005 at Presbyterian Homes of Spring Lake Park.
He was born April 20, 1922 in Decatur County, Iowa, the son of Charles H. and Bertha Porter.
George was raised in the Ottumwa, Iowa area. He has been a resident of Buffalo since 1969.
He honorably served his country in the US Army during WW II as a paratrooper in the 507th parachute infantry and the 82nd division Company B. He was wounded in June of 1944 at Normandy, France, and was awarded the Purple Heart.
George was joined in holy marriage to Betty Marie Grissom Sept. 16, 1944 at the Methodist church in Ottumwa, Iowa. God blessed their marriage with two sons.
George was formerly employed as a salesman for the Endicott Johnson Shoe Company.
He was a life member of VFW Post 1901 in Montrose, a lifetime member of D.A.V. Minneapolis Chapter, and also belonged to the American Legion Post 270 in Buffalo.
A faithful member of the Buffalo United Methodist Church, George was active in the Men’s Club.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty M. Porter; sons Charles David (Patricia) Porter of Urbandale, Iowa; and Allen Wayne (Michelle) Porter of Shoreview; five grandchildren, John Porter, Jade Wadding, Leah, Isabel, and Adam Porter; and five great-grandchildren, Jessica Porter, Benjamin Porter, Joseph Porter, Carter Wadding, and Drew Wadding.
George is further survived by four brothers, Gerald (Ruth), Jimmy (Ethel), Tom (Gertrude), and Johnny (Jacque) Porter; six sisters, Louise Shadley, Alice Yenger, Martha Wood, Mary (Eugene) Meier, Charlotte Reneau, and Verna (Benny) Migron; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Bertha; stepmother Editha; a sister; and two brothers.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Buffalo with the Rev. Ruth Ann Ramstad officiating. Interment with military rites took place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Friends called Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Casket bearers were John Porter, Jade Wadding, Leah Porter, Jay Wadding, Lloyd Link, and Ken Ernesti.
Memorials are suggested for the American Cancer Society.
The Peterson Chapel served the family.