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Willis Porter

Willis Porter, age 93, of Chelsea, MI, passed away on March 10, 2019 at the Arbor Hospice Residence in Saline. He was born May 22, 1925 in Duco, Kentucky the son of Jeff and Minnie (Conley) Porter. Willis served in the US Army from 1943-1953. He married Waltraud (Ritz) in Germany in 1953, and she preceded him in death in 2010.

Willis grew up in the primitive setting of the Appalachian mountain coal country- no electricity, running water or refrigeration. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Army, crossed the ocean, and landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He marched across Europe, building bridges with the Army Corps of Engineers. He ended up in Germany surveying the East-West border, which is where he met the love of his life, Waltraud. He then became a truck mechanic and stayed in Germany until the army allowed them to be married. After returning to the US, he moved to Michigan in 1956 and worked at Chelsea Manufacturing for many years. He studied electronics and owned and operated Porter TV Sales and Service for 25+ years. He became a computer geek 40 years ago from his first TI 99/4, and that interest stayed with him for life. He was a member of the American Legion, as well as the German American Club of Jackson.

He is survived by two children, Rosemarie (Richard) Walker, of Monroe, MI, and John (Diane) Porter, of Chelsea, MI; two grandchildren, Alissa Porter and Jesse Porter; great-granddaughter, Heaven Bliss; and special friend, Anneliese Schubert. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, and two sisters.

Per his wishes, cremation has taken place, and a private burial will take place at Oak Grove East Cemetery. There will be a memorial celebration at a later date.  Those wishing to make a contribution in honor of Willis may do so to the Foundation at Monroe Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI  48161 or to the American Legion Post 46, PO Box 131010, Ann Arbor, MI 48113-1010. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

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+1 #2 Scott Long 2019-04-19 01:29
What an outstanding guy and outstanding family. Willis seeded my interest in electronics when I was a kid; he’d let me come over and wander around his shop, and he’d teach me basic concepts and show me how to solder. Then Wally would feed me and send me in my way home. Love and miss them both dearly.
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-1 #1 Denise Long. 2019-03-25 17:22
We are so sorry to hear this. Willis and your mother Wally were great friends to our family. He fixed our TVs, and she our clothes and made my wedding dress! I loved hearing the stories of how they met and of her going with him to Kentucky. What a love story! I miss them both.
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