Jim Porter passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Missionary Alliance Church in Little Falls with Pastor Philip Ronzheimer officiating. Jim attended the Alliance Church and in 2008 accepted the Lord Jesus as his Savior.
Jim was born Oct. 26, 1916, in Bush City, Kan. to Otis and Carrie (Le Fleur) Porter. His family traveled to Minnesota in a covered wagon when he was two years old. He received his education at several country schools. Jim was united in marriage to Margaret (Aalgaard) April 17, 1938, in Hannaford, N.D. They later purchased a farm near McGregor, where they raised their five children and also took in many foster children. In addition to livestock and turkey farming, Jim was a school bus driver and owned various businesses over the years; including two gas stations, apartment buildings and McGregor Oil Company. Jim and Margaret moved to Little Falls in 1995. After his wife’s death Jim began working for a senior program helping children with reading at Lincoln and Lindbergh Schools. He also worked at Westwind Senior Care. Jim had many interests, especially strawberry, vegetable and flower gardening. For years he sold his produce at local farmers’ markets. His hobbies included reading, building birdhouses and fishing.
Jim is survived by his children, Gail (Ben) Murdock, James (Barbara) Porter, Pamela Porter, Cindy (Steve) Hurd and Susan (Glenn) Hurd; sisters, Ruth Hasner and Dorothy Peterson; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.