Gilbert Joseph Porter

Gilbert Joseph Porter, 81, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, April 8, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born July 30, 1937 in West Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of Warren and Alita (Delphy) Porter.

Gil is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Linda. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Michele (Matt) Porter Will of Burke, Virginia, Susan Porter Hoins of Leavenworth, Kansas, Bridget (Jeff) Porter Synk of Denver, Colorado, Jeffery Porter of Leavenworth, Abby (Darren) Walker of Leavenworth, Jodi (Steve) Thiel of Austin, Texas, and Rachael (Mike) Fitzgibbons, of Gardner, Kansas; ten grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Horton of West Springfield, Massachusetts; one aunt, Lorraine Masotti of Springfield, Massachusetts.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Carolyn Pingree.

Gil graduated from West Springfield High School and in 1959 was drafted by the U.S. Army. Gil trained at Military Police School in Ft. Gordon, Georgia and was then stationed at Ft. Leavenworth where he served in the 205th Military Police Company. During his time there he served on the Honor Guard and was selected as Soldier of the Month in 1960. After completing active duty at Ft. Leavenworth he served in the Army reserve for four years.

In 1963, Gil began his firefighting career in Ft. Leavenworth. Gil was a firefighter from 1963 to 1967 for the Ft. Leavenworth Fire Department and the Leavenworth Fire Department. In 1967, he began working for Sadtk’s Furniture where he was in management for nine years. In 1973, Gil and Linda opened Porter’s Retail Liquor Store and ran a successful business for forty years. In 1976 Gil returned to the Ft. Leavenworth Fire Department where he served until his retirement from the department in 1995.

Gil was well known in the Leavenworth community.

He enjoyed vegetable gardening and working in his yard. He learned farming growing up helping his father and uncle on the farm in Massachusetts and later operated the farm with his uncle. Gil carried that passion throughout his lifetime and faithfully grew tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in his home garden. He was known for never sitting still and would always be on the go maintaining his home and the business.

After retirement one of Gil and Linda’s favorite things to do was to visit Branson, Missouri. Gil cherished his children and grandchildren and brought joy to his family. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.

A celebration of life will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the Leavenworth Riverfront Community Center. A private burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Council on Aging Meals on Wheels.