Philip Lincoln Porter, 95, of Warsaw, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at home.

Phil was born in Avon Park, Fla., on Feb. 12, 1927, the son of the late Raymond and Victoria Smith Porter. He joined the U.S. Army in November 1945 and served in the military police, stationed in Salzburg, Austria, as a railroad guard and escorting military trains safely to their destinations. Phil separated from the Army in November 1946 and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Occupational Medal Austria.

He married Dorothy Vest Porter in Lexington, Va., on Aug. 12, 1956. After moving to Lansing, Ill., Phil served as past commander of the Ehinger Bros, VFW Post 8141 in Calumet City and was active in the Sons of the VFW. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and archery. He was employed at Ball Glass Corp. and in 1990 retired after 32 years with the company, moving to their current home on Chapman Lake where he could continue to enjoy fishing and also playing golf. Racoon Run Golf Course was his regular Friday spot. Phil and Dorothy joined the American Legion Post #49 in Warsaw, where Phil became active with the Honor Guard & firing squad, proudly serving at the funerals of our veterans, even when he had to miss his golf game. On May 28, 2014, Phil was accompanied by his son Jon, and was able to participate in the Veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to tour the memorials dedicated to our veteran’s sacrifice and service to their country. On Nov. 16, 2016, in a ceremony at the Pete Thorn Center, Phil was presented a beautiful handmade quilt from the Quilts of Valor Foundation, awarded to those service members and veterans who have been touched by war.

In addition to his parents, Phil was preceded in death by his brothers, Grady Porter and Harold Porter. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Porter; their sons: William Porter, of Warsaw; and Jon (Susan) Porter, of Lansing, Ill.; grandchildren: Billy Porter, of Madison, Wis.; Shawn Porter, of Lebanon, Tenn.; Diana (Troy) Kreiger, of Pewaukee, Wis.; Alia (Charlie) Randham, of Cedar Lake; Bryan (Jamie) Porter, of Portage; Nikki (Alex) Kasher, of Lowell; and his great-grandchildren, Shawn Porter and Alex Porter, in Tennessee; Molly Waterstreet, of Pewaukee,  Wis.; Robbie Randham, of Cedar Lake; and Emily and Rebecca Kasher, both of Lowell.

Funeral services are at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16 in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, 2290 Provident Court, Warsaw, with Pastor Michael Smith officiating. Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

The family’s preferred memorials are The Wounded Warrior Project, online at, or by mail to P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516; or the North Winona Church of the Brethren, 2475 E. 100N, Warsaw IN 46582.

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