A generous, outgoing personality, a great role model and a wonderful caretaker are just a few ways to describe Bob Porter. He loved his family and was always someone they could count on. In 1941, WSM-FM becomes the nation's first commercial radio station, WWII begins and on December 18,1941 Robert L. Porter is welcomed into the world by Olaf O. and Violet L. (Arney) Porter in Elnora,IN.
Childhood family vacations to Florida were always a special time that he would later share with his own family.Bob was a member of the class of 1959 at Elnora High School. He then proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed at both Fort Benning, GA and Alaska. After returning to Indiana in 1962, Bob met his only love Marcia K. Williams and they were married on September 12, 1964. Bob and Marcia welcomed two daughters, Julie K. in 1969 and Katina L. in 1973.
Bob never met a stranger, had a great sense of humor, and accomplished every goal he set. His greatest accomplishment was his family. Bob spent 11 years in the Indianapolis area working his way up through dealership management, then moved Terre Haute as General Sales Manager. He bought a GM dealership in Ligonier, IN in 1977, Bob Porter Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, where he became the largest truck dealer in the world in 1978. He sold the dealership in 1998, moving to Scottsdale, AZ and then to St. Augustine, FL for 14 years. He returned to Indiana, settling in Columbia City in late 2016.
Bob was a member of Columbia City United Methodist Church, and was a member of both the American Legion and the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) for over 30 years.
When it came to hobbies it was cars, cars, cars! He was an avid car enthusiast who collected and restored a premier car collection of over 20 1960's muscle cars. After getting his NHRA license, he spent weekends drag racing his big block '68 Camaro. Bob's genuine spirit and personality will always be cherished in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Robert L. "Bob" Porter, age 76 of Columbia City, IN passed away at 10:51 am on Thursday July 26, 2018 at his residence. Survivors include his loving wife Marcia Porter of Columbia City; daughters Julie Porter of Los Angeles, CA and Katina Porter of Phoenix, AZ; sisters-in-law Pat Stump of Columbia City and Peggy Williams of Vincennes, IN; special nieces Jennifer (Scott) Gunder of Warsaw and Melissa (Michael) Sunsdahl of Carmel, IN; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Delores Ann Johnson.
Funeral services for Bob will be held on Monday July 30, 2018 at 3:00 pm with calling two hours prior to service at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. A graveside service will be held in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Odon, IN on September 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or Humane Society of Whitley County. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send the family an online condolence.
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Bob I will miss you! You're a good friend. I wish I could hear you tell me a memory and hear you say to "To make long story short".
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know. We are unable to be there with you Monday, but we will be with you with our thoughts and prayers. We will also be with you in Elnora. God bless. Love Evelyn, Mary, Jean and David Holt
Marcia and Girls, It is a sad day for us too. Bob was one of my best friends, he would do anything for you. I enjoyed watching him do all the restorations on his muscle cars. He let me help him with his 68 Camaro drag car and we went to the races together. I will always be grateful that Bob helped me restore my 78 Dodge Truck in his garage at his home. I am sorry we will be unable to attend the funeral as we recently moved back to Nevada. Our hearts are heavy, you will be in our prayers.
Roy and Elaine Cory
Marcia....my thoughts and prayers are with at this difficult time...you and Bob both meant so much to Roger and I...I grieve with you....Joyce Williams
Dearest Marcia, Julie, and Katina, my heart goes out to all of you. I will forever remember Bob’s smile, his love for his family, and my dad’s love for him. We all loved Bob dearly; but, he and dad shared something very special. May you find comfort in knowing he is now at peace and with those that love him so as they keep watch over us. My love always, Paula
I can't tell you how sorry I was to hear this news. I felt as thought Bob was not only my boss but a truly good friend. Marcia, Julie, and Katina, you all meant the world to Bob, he always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face whenever your names were mentioned. He truly will be missed.
So sorry for your loss. Mom and Junior loved him a lot.
this gentle man shared my exact birthday...did not know Robert but wish i had. sending sincere blessings to all that loved him. sarah creason
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.
Randy Grimes, Brett Gerber and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home
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