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Jack Ray Porter

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Jack Ray Porter, age 74 of Avondale, AZ died December 31, 2019, in Avondale, AZ. He was born August 30, 1945, in Sullivan, IN to Hubert and Betty (Jordan) Porter. Jack grew up in Oaktown, IN. He served in the U.S. Army achieving the rank of Sergeant. A wounded veteran of the Vietnam War, Jack was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his valiant service.

Jack worked for the US Post Office for 31 years. He served as a deacon at The Church at Litchfield Park. An outdoorsman and gun enthusiast, he enjoyed hunting, camping with his friends, and weekend adventures with his neighbors. He was a wonderful husband and a great dad.

Jack is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sheila Porter; daughter, Kindra Porter; two sisters, Elizabeth Waggoner, and Janelle Waldroup; and brother Tom Porter. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 18, 2020, at The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Burial will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. Condolences for the family may be left below.

13 Comments on “Jack Ray Porter

  1. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. It is an honor to serve your family.

  2. So sorry for your loss, Jack will be missed! He was a wonderful husband and father. He also was A caring and giving friend, And a huge influence in my life. Thank you jack.

  3. Roberta and I have known Jack & Sheila Porter and their Daughter Kendra for over 35 years. We have vacation with them, attended each other children’s wedding and other family events many times. Jack and I were hunting buddy for many years, and we all loved to play poker and listen to each other life’s story. Jack’s childhood stories were realy amazing to say the least, as well as his Tour of Duty in Vietnam. He was a very good friend to me and my son David Jr. He was also a Military Hero!! as well as one of the most honorable person I’ve ever known, I love you and will miss your friendship. Rest in Peace your friend, Dave Johnson

  4. Sheila and Kendra, Thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. Our family loves you guys and will always miss Jackie Ray! My youngest memories were of my “big” cousin living with us and his friends hanging out at our house. He is a war hero for sure and we’re grateful for his service!! He was always like a son to mom and dad. I know you have a huge hole in your heart but so happy that some day we will see him again. Love, Janna, Paul and family

  5. My deepest sympathies for your loss. Be comforted in knowing that Jack is in a much better place, surrounded by angels and attentively watch over you. Let him stay close through warm, happy memories. His love is always with you.

  6. Sheila, Vicki and I were so saddened to hear of Jack’s passing. He was like a big Brother to me and greatly influenced me in my choices for military service. Many great memories of playing music on the week ends at Oaktown. You and Jackie introduced me to my wife of 48 years. Jack was a true US Army Hero. I , along with all the rest of the Vietnam Veterans Salute you my friend. RIP

  7. Dale Burch Jan 10, 2020

    Jack was a special and great friend to me since the 1990’s . My wife Polly and Sheila got us together. Jack was skilled to do anything. Anytime I needed anything I called Jack and he was always there to help me. From major storm damage to our house in 1996 to sprinkler problems , plumbing problems and even He built custom Cornish Boards for our house. He was always trying to teach me how to repair or build stuff. He taught me how to safely handle and maintain firearms and we spent hours in the desert shooting targets. Jack, Shelia, Polly and I also made two vacation trips together. One to San Francisco in 2005 and another to Washington DC in 2009. Fondest Memories Jack; My Friend! Rest In Peace in Heaven; I’m sure Polly has greeted You up there. My Love and Prayers are extended to Shelia and Kindra and your family!

  8. Sheila and Kindra,
    Our hearts were broken when we heard about Jack’s passing!
    We will hold on to all the good times we all had on trips we have gone on and motor cycling. He’s gone way too soon, but God has called him home.
    Our thoughts and prayers for you and Kindra!

  9. Jack was a very kind man that could always make you laugh. I always enjoyed the time I spent with him and his family and will hold onto those memories. Jack is, and will be missed!

    My thoughts are with his family… Please take care of each other!

  10. With our deepest sympathy and love for you and your family.

    We will always remember our camping adventures with you two.

  11. Sheila and family, I will alway think of Jack helping with the Christmas toy drive. He was a good guy and knew how to make me laugh when needed most. May the peace of our Lord be your strength.

  12. Kindra – We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you can find some solace in knowing your father’s love continues to embrace you and carry you forward.

  13. Jack was one of those working acquaintances that you are always happy to see. He was a happy guy which reflects on a happy home life. My condolences to the family in your loss, when you are at your saddest try thinking of some really fun time you shared together.
    Just remember as long as Jack lives in your hearts and minds he will never leave you.

    God Bless

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