Hermon - Ronald E. Porter, 88, loving husband and father, was called home to Glory by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 25, 2021. Ron was born August 27, 1932 in Houlton, Maine, to parents Paul L. Porter and Velma (Varney) Porter.
He graduated from Houlton High School in 1950, and continued his education at Ricker Junior College. In 1957, he graduated from Husson College in Bangor, Maine. On August 29, 1954, he married Vesta M. Nichols. Together, they had 2 sons, Dale and Michael, and two daughters, Robin and Joan.
Ron was a Navy veteran attached to the Marines, and served selflessly during the Korean War. He also enjoyed a 38-year career at the Bangor Daily News, working in the Advertising department. A member of Hermon Baptist Church for more than 60 years, Ron had a servant’s heart. In retirement, both Ron and Vesta remained active by volunteering countless hours at Fairhaven Christian Youth Camp. Ron had a demonstrated passion for missionary work and went on 2 mission trips to Bolivia. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Velma, his beloved son Michael E. Porter, and a friend he considered a brother, Dick Fowler.
He is survived by his wife Vesta, son Dale Porter and wife Sally, daughter Robin (Porter) Smith, and daughter Joan (Porter) Knights and husband Robert; cousins Lethea Porter and Betty Bowers and husband Chris; 6 grandchildren and their spouses, and 8 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Hermon Baptist Church, 2496 US Rte 2, Hermon. Those wishing to view the life tribute may do so by going to https://www.hermonbaptistchurch.org/live-stream.
Family and friends are invited to call from 1 p.m. until time of service Saturday and everyone is invited to an ice cream social at the church following the services. Please be mindful of others by practicing social distancing, wearing a face covering, and staff will be conducting contact tracing.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Missions Team at Hermon Baptist Church, 2496 US Rte 2, Hermon, Maine 04401.