Jan. 8, 2009
BUFFALO, Wyo. - Funeral services for Gene Porter, 81-year-old Buffalo man who passed away quietly at his home early Thursday morning, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m., from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Tom Saur officiating. Visitation will be held from the funeral home chapel on Monday, Jan. 12, from 1 until 9 p.m. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery on Wednesday, Jan, 14, at 10 a.m. Donations in Gene's memory may be made to the Johnson County Library in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Gene Stephens Porter was born on March 19, 1927, in Sparks, Nev., to Edward and Marjorie Porter. He started school in Roy, Utah, and attended high school in Ogden, Utah. He joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After the war, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. After his military service, Gene became an air traffic controller. He was married on Sept. 6, 1958, in Hulett to Dixie Lee Nuckolls and they made their home in Stockton, Calif. They moved to King Salmon, Alaska, and later to Juneau. In 1969, they moved to Casper, where Gene continued as an air traffic controller. In 1970, they moved to Layton, Utah, and in 1972, they moved to Anchorage. In 1976, they moved to Billings, where he was an air traffic controller at the Logan International Airport until he retired in January of 1978, completing 34 years of government service. After his retirement, they continued living in Billings. He went to Oklahoma City and taught at the Air Traffic Control School for a while before moving back to Billings. Gene worked at various jobs in Billings for several years before moving to Story in 1987 and, in 1991, they moved to Buffalo, where he lived until the time of his death.
Gene loved to play golf and was a league bowler for several years. He loved spending time in the mountains and searching for wildlife.
He is survived by his wife Dixie of Buffalo; two sons, Bruce Porter and his wife Lisa of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Brian Porter of Billings; two sisters Pearl Steck and Dorothy Randall both of Centerville, Utah; four grandchildren, Jennifer and Samatha Porter, both of Billings, and Joshua and Jessica Berg, both of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and two great-granddaughters, Alyssa Balint of Broken Arrow and Caydence Berg of Ozark, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three sisters and one daughter.