Jack R. Porter, 74, of Avondale, Arizona, and formerly of Oaktown and Vincennes, passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 from complications related to Agent Orange.
Jack was born on Aug. 30, 1945 to Hubert Jack and Betty Jordan (Porter) Waggoner. Jack graduated from Oaktown High School in 1963, after which he worked at Prestolite. Jack was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, and he earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star during his service in Vietnam. He is honored with a display in the Indiana Military Museum that includes memorabilia from his service in Vietnam. He retired from the U. S. Postal Service.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Sheila Hart Porter; his daughter, Kindra Porter; his step-father, Hugh Waggoner; his sisters, Elizabeth Waggoner and Janelle Waldroup and her husband, Tim; his brother, Tom Porter and his wife, Debra; his brother-in-law, Harold Hart; and several extended family members.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert J. Porter and Betty A. Waggoner; his father-in-law, Marvin Hart; his mother-in-law, Pearl Hart; his step-mother-in-law, Betty Porter; his brother-in-law, Dude Hart; his uncle, John Hobbs; and his nephew, Jeffery Blythe.
Memorial services will be held at The Church at Litchfield Park, Litchfield Park, Arizona. A graveside service and interment with military rites will occur at the veterans’ National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.