Raymond H. Porter

A funeral service was held Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, Devils Lake for Raymond H. Porter.


Posted on 9/25/15

He died September 15, 2015, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo.

Graveside Services were held Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the Cavalier Cemetery, Cavalier.

Ray was the youngest of five children, born to Clifton and Una Porter on January 21, 1941, in Langdon. After graduating from Hannah High School in 1959, he attended Gale Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1960, being stationed at Louisiana, Goose Bay, Labrador, Utah and Okinawa, Japan. Upon retiring from the military, he and his family moved back to Devils Lake where he worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Fort Totten until his retirement in 1992.  He continued to serve the Spirit Lake Tribe as an Accounting Technician and Contract Specialist for another 17 years. He enjoyed all that his native North Dakota had to offer. He shared his love of hunting and fishing with family and friends alike. He was so very fond of his hometown and was known to be generous with his time and sharing of his home-grown fruits. He was a long-time regular at many local establishments, with the VFW and White House Cafe becoming his regular stops in the latter years.

Ray is survived by children: Michelle (Mark) Gardiner, Schertz, Texas, Tracey (Jeff) Stenseth, Fargo; grandchildren: Benjamin Hammond, Jaime Gardiner, Caise Gardiner, Dustin Gardiner and Parker Stenseth; sister: Mildred (Fred) Lembke, Pembina and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; children Teresa Porter and Troy Porter; brothers: Robert Porter, William “Bill” Porter and Jim Porter; sister-in-law Fern Porter; and his beloved cat, Pasqualey.

Gilbertson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.