Robert L. "Bob" Porter, 86, of Yuma, Ariz. passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, in Yuma.

Graveside services will be held Monday, June 14, 2010, at 11 a.m. at IOOF Cemetery in Bickleton,

He was born June 19, 1923 in Sunnyside, the youngest of 11 children born to Will and Ada Lewis Porter. According to a newspaper article he was the youngest person in the Ford Day parade on June 20 riding in a Ford Coup the day after he was born.

Bob and his close friend, Bob Simmons joined the U.S. Navy four days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and served until WWII was over.

He returned to live in Richland. He worked as a guard at Hanford.

He and Gloria Gregson were married on March 9, 1946 and later divorced. They had one son, Greg.

Bob moved to Renton in 1953. He and Edith I. Mains, a teacher from Bickleton, were married on Feb. 26, 1954 in Seattle.

He worked in security at the Boeing Company in Seattle. He operated a Chevron station in Renton for many years and later an Exxon station in Kent until he retired in 1988.

He and his wife "Edie" purchased a home in Yuma. in 2002, spending winters there and summers in Washington.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Edie of Yuma; one son, Greg of Gold Bar; a granddaughter, Darcy and her two children, Emily and Parker White of Georgia; grandson, Christian of Snohomish; and a sister, Mrs. Mae James of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews..

He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Murble, Henry, John, Mrs. Marquerite Rogers, Howard, Mrs. Molly Wilcox, Mrs. Jewel Rasmusson, William and Clarence.

Sunset Vista Cemetery and Funeral Home in Yuma, Ariz. was in charge of arrangement.


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