Richard Bruce Porter, 95, of Eugene, Oregon, passed away on December 29, 2017. He was born in Truro, Iowa, to Everett Fon Porter and Mary Lois (Stickel) Porter on March 22, 1922. He married Ruth Rachel Yonker on June 10, 1950 in Michigan, and soon after moved to Southern California. They moved to Roseburg, Oregon in 1971 and to Eugene in 2005.
Rich served in World War II as an airplane mechanic in the Army Air Corps for 3 years, part of which was spent on Saipan. He was discharged in 1945. After marriage, he worked for Lockheed Aircraft, and later in the 1960s he was part of a secret mission to build the stealth plane SR-71. He was a member of the Southern Oregon Warbirds and owned the Equipment Repair Service in Roseburg for many years.
Rich volunteered with Bill Glass Behind The Walls, a prison ministry to bring the life-altering message of Jesus to prison inmates; and with Gideons International. He loved sharing the message of Jesus with anyone who came his way. Rich was known for his humor, his interest in Studebakers and other cars, and his commitment to God and his family.
Rich is survived by his children: Martha (Merlyn) Hough, Dan (Brenda) Porter and son-in-law Bill Capper; his sister Martha, sister-in-law Jean Posthuma, and brother-in-law Jim Yonker; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Porter and daughter Cindy Capper.
A graveside service will be held in Roseburg at the Roseburg National Cemetery (1770 W Harvard Ave) on Friday January 19 at 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held in Eugene at Norkenzie Christian Church (2530 Crescent Ave) on Saturday January 20 at 2 p.m. The family is very grateful to the caregivers and staff at Churchill Estates Assisted Living and Sacred Heart Hospice for all of their care and encouragement. Arrangements entrusted to Musgrove Family Mortuary, Eugene, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Bill Glass Behind the Walls Prison Ministry or Gideons International.
Arrangements entrusted to Musgrove Family Mortuary. Please access the obituary and you are invited to sign the guestbook at musgroves.com