Raymond A. "Bud" Porter of Fairmont passed away at Fitzwater's Assisted Living on Friday (Feb. 23, 2018).
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 71 years, Bernadine Porter, and their son, Michael Porter.
He was born on May 3, 1920 in Carolina the son of the late Frank J. and Charlotte (Porzelt) Porter. He graduated from Farmington High School and the Industrial Training Institute of Chicago, Illinois. He worked for Bethlehem Mines Corporation at Idamay and retired from the West Virginia Department of Mines as a Safety Instructor.
Bud was a member of the 39th Infantry Regiment of the Ninth Infantry Division. He participated in the Invasion of North Africa, Sicily and The Landing at Utah Beach in France. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Cross and attained the rank of Captain.
He was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus and Fairmont Elks Lodge #294.
Bud is survived by his daughters, Mary Pat Cowan and her husband Dan of North Carolina and Barbara Huffman of Nashville, Tennessee, a son-in-law, Orin Ellington of Palm Springs, California, his grandchildren, Allison and Dan Beck of Clark, New Jersey and Erin and Dave Goliszek of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Casey and Charlie Smith of Bend, Oregon, twin grandsons, Jason and Kyle Huffman and granddaughter, Lindsay Huffman, his great-grandsons, Gray Goliszek and Connor Beck and his great-granddaughter Chloe Goliszek.
Buddy's family would like to express a special "Thank You" to Heather Fitzwater, Missy Slaughter, the wonderful caregivers at Fitzwater's Assisted Living, West Virginia Caring, Deacon David Lester and his loving niece, Monica Craddock.
At his request, there will be no viewing. A Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, 407 Jackson Street, Fairmont, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 with Father Joseph Konikattil as the Celebrant. Committal services will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
A celebration of Buddy's life will be held at the Fairmont Elks Lodge #294, 419 Adams Street, Fairmont, immediately following the burial.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the Porter Family at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on February 27, 2018