Ray Porter Jr., 1922-2016

Published 9:45 am Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Memorial services for Ray F. Porter, Jr., 93, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dwight Netzer will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion honor guards. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Ray died Monday, May 30, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

Ray Porter Jr.

Ray Porter Jr.

Ray F. Porter, Jr. was born July 5, 1922, in Randolph, the son of Ray and Henryetta (Jensen) Porter. He attended grade school in Randolph. The family moved to Albert Lea in 1931 and Ray graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1940. Ray served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II and was honorably discharged in February 1946. On May 16, 1948, Ray was united in marriage to Ruth Dunbar in Austin. Ray worked at Wilson & Co. for 37 years as a welder and pipe fitter. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Elks Club.

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Ray is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruth; children Jerald (Phyllis) Porter of Burneyville, Oklahoma, Kathleen (Johnny) Parsons of Eagan and Lee (Rosemary) Porter of Glenville; grandsons John (Samantha) Parsons Jr. and Christopher (Tanya) Parsons; several great-grandchildren; brothers Donald (Clarice) Porter, Keith (Dorothy) Porter and Loren (Elaine) Porter; and many nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Marian (Lyle) Westrum and Joann (Luverne) Sorenson.