Joseph James Porter

May 14, 1949 ‒ April 19, 2017

North Liberty, Ohio

Joseph James Porter, age 67, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital following an extended illness.

Joe was born May 14, 1949 in Cadiz, Ohio to James & Hazel (White) Porter and grew up working on the family farm. After graduating from Fredericktown High School, he earned a two-year technical degree and later attended The Ohio State University in Mansfield. During the Vietnam War he joined the Air Force and served four years stationed in Alaska.

Joe worked in Mansfield with the 179th Airlift Wing, a unit of the Ohio Air National Guard. He started as a security officer and worked up to his dream job in Aerial Port. Joe was very proud to serve alongside his work family.

Joe’s sanctuary was his 35-acre “farm” where he put to use his skills of building and fixing all over the property. He was a lover of animals and opened his home to many dogs through Maple Hill Farm Toy Breed Rescue.

His greatest character trait was supportiveness. Joe supported his family by working hard, and he supported his wife through every dream she’s had. He was a talented baker and will be greatly missed.

Joe was a member of Gay St. United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon and previously North Liberty United Methodist.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 40 years, Dawn Porter of North Liberty; two sons (& spouses) Adam & Jennifer Porter of Mansfield, and Brett Porter & Jeffrey Lamb of Galloway; two grandchildren Cameron Porter and Rachel Porter; siblings Robert (Carol) Porter, David (Barbi) Porter, William (Vicki) Porter, Mary Selby, and John Porter.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

Friends may call 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Rd) where a memorial service celebrating his life will begin at 2 p.m. Rev. Denise L. Marikis will officiate and military honors will be performed by American Legion Post #535 of Bellville.

Contributions in his memory to Gay St. United Methodist Church may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Dawn and family,
    Praying for God to comfort you at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers
    Jani and Greg Price

  • Dear Dawn, Adam, Brett and Family,
    It was a pleasure to know your husband and dad. He was a kind and gentle man and took very good care of his family. I remember taking my relative’s kids to see the animals each year and he treated them as very welcome guests. He put the dogs and cats in their arms and showed them all the animals on the farm. He would stop what he was doing to show them all the neat things to see there. He was also very kind to me and anyone I brought there. He will be missed by me and many others. Rest in Peace Joe, you deserve it.

    Marge Hollish

  • So sorry to hear about Joe passing, I worked with him at the 179th OHANG, he was always going out of his way to help. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time

  • Dawn and family, you are all in my prayers. I only meant Joe once, he was so kind. May he RIP. Keep your memories close to your heart.
    Sincerely, Pat Heffernan

  • So very sorry for your loss our condolences Rip Amen Prayers for you Families sincerely

    Coworker 179Th Aerial Port
    Larry @ Shirley Bowman

  • Dawn, So sorry to learn of the loss of your loving husband. My deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family. I always keep you close in thought and miss seeing you. Sandy Menzies.

  • To my big brother. Life took us in different directions, but I have some fond memories of our life growing up. Thanks for letting me use your car. I miss you already. Godspeed my big brother. Love you, “Sis”.

  • I am so saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a wonderful human being and it was an honor to have served with him in the 179th APS. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • wow- I just don’t know where to start. you were my aerial port dad, you were there when God gave me a second chance and brought me to the 179th , I cant remember a time you got mad, but you said “we’re prolly gonna need to talk about it” Speaking of talking about it, YOU NEVER got rid of anything I told you to! LOL – Thank you for years of humble leadership, sharing your faith, your love of family, and your priceless friendship. See you in heaven my friend! :0)

  • You will be missed “Uncle Joe”. I have fond memories of you at the family reunions. I will always remember your smile. Love you

  • I had the privilege of working with Joe at the Guard base.
    Super cool coworker and all around great guy.
    My prayers are with his family.

  • A final salute to a true professional. It was an honor to have served beside him, a blessing to have known him. I am grateful for the impact he had on my life, as well as my military career. Godspeed my friend. I’m sure you will greet me at the Passenger Terminal after my final trip! RIP Joe.

  • When I join the 179th in 1976, Joe Porter, Dewane Nawman, Walley Walters were influential in my decision of joining the guard. They treated me like they wanted me. Since then I became the 1st Black to retire from Civil Service in 2001. I will never forget Joe being a friend till the end. He shared his faith, inspired us with his hard work and devotion to his family. What a great example for all of us men to become. See you in heaven Joe!

  • I only met Joe once. When we drove up to his farm and he greeted us, we could see his caring nature almost immediately with the many kitties and pups outside at Maple Hill Toy Breed Rescue. He was the one who placed my angel Chihuahua, Chili, into my arms for the first time. That was three years ago. God bless this truly special man. May he rest in heavenly peace, and find comfort in all the animals waiting at the Rainbow Bridge. So glad I got to meet this sweet man.

  • Dawn
    we are so sorry for your loss
    We will pray for you and your family to get through
    the sadness of his passing

  • I knew Joe and all the family when we were kids in Ankneytown… mid 1950s… and Mom, Hazel. Wonderful family. I reconnected with Joe a few years ago when he came into the BMV. As I read his obituary, I thought, what a great man who accomplished so much and spread his love for our Lord.

    My prayer found you and the whole family is that our Lord will hold and comfort you as you grieve nd soon you will feel His peace.

  • I worked with Joe at the 179th for almost 15 years, until his retirement. He was the always approachable “full time guy”. He was never a fire-ball of action, except when it came to breaking down the 25K for air shipment, and then he’d display almost magical speed. I have particularly fond memories of his office’s desktop stack-method of filing… “don’t disturb my piles”, he’d say. Joe was a wonderful person in the truest sense, he never had a personal agenda and was always sincere and helpful. It was an honor to serve with him, he will be missed!

  • I worked with Joe at the 179th. He was always laid back and had a smile on his face. Hugs to Dawn and the entire family.

  • Dawn so sorry for the loss of your husband. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Kylie mcgowan,and Laurie smith.

    • Our deepest condolences to the Porter Family for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers from our family to yours.

      Love from the Hawthorne Family

  • Dawn and family,
    We are so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sam, Bunny and Jillian Vance

  • Thank you, Dad, for helping me grow to who I am today. You will be missed, but never forgotten. I’m glad you’re no longer in pain.

  • Our deepest sympathy for the Porter family in this time of mourning.Apologies for not being able to attend Joes service,but all our thoughts and prayers will be with the family in this difficult time. Sincerely,the Jay family.

  • Haven t seen you in years at our family Griffith reunion. Sure missed those old family reunions. Sorry about you loss. Your up with your parents and our dad and our brother. Uncle Jim
    white and cousin Dick White. Sorry again Aunt Eileen White and cousins Jeanine and Francine White