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Sylvester S. Porter
September 19, 1931 ~ January 1, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Sylvester S. Porter, a cherished member of the Burns City community, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2024, at the age of 92. Born in the town of Monroe City, Indiana, on September 19, 1931, he was the son of the late Francis H. Porter and Lily Ruth Harbison Porter. Sylvester departed this life in Loogootee, Indiana, surrounded by the love and warmth of his family.
Sylvester's life was marked by his unwavering affection for his family, his dedication to his work, and his service to his country. He proudly served in the United States Army, a testament to his patriotism and character. On February 25, 1957, Sylvester married the love of his life, Helen Myers Porter, and together they embarked on a journey characterized by mutual devotion and the joy of their growing family. The Porters' home was always a bustling hub of laughter, love, and the simple pleasures of life.
After a fulfilling career at Crane Army Base, Sylvester retired to the life he loved, tending his farm, raising cattle, and nurturing his sprawling gardens. He found solace in the rhythms of the countryside, whether he was hunting, fishing, or simply enjoying the serenity of nature. Sylvester's profound appreciation for the earth's bounty was a value he instilled in his loved ones.
Sylvester was a master in the game of checkers and reveled in the challenge of the sport. He also relished watching westerns, a genre that captured his imagination and spirit. The twinkle in Sylvester’s eye shone brightest when his grandchildren were near. Their accomplishments and milestones were his joy, and he reveled in their company.
He is survived by his adored wife, Helen, and their two daughters, Rachel Hendricks (Chuck) and Paula Potts. Sylvester's legacy also lives on through his many grandchildren: Lindsay Potts, Brittany Potts, Dawson Potts, Ally Potts, Rob McGovren, Shawn Hendricks, Michael Hendricks (Christina), Felicia Searcy, and Nanette Hendricks; his cherished great-grandchildren: Iridessa Potts, JackelLyn McCracken (Luke), Aaron Paul, Ember McGovren, Domminik Hendricks, Sasha Hendricks, Mackeinze Hendricks, Zane Sturgeon, Drake Sturgeon, Carson Hendricks, Carter Hendricks, Tyler Weixel (Dionna), and Lela Hendricks; and his treasured great-great-grandchildren: Daegn McCracken, Drystan McCracken, Kaliah Weixel, Diane Palmerton, and Aubrey Simikian.
Also mourning his loss are his brothers, Charlie Lee Porter (Brenda), and Ronald “Ronnie”Porter; sisters, Luvena Porter Hichman, and Faye Porter; along with numerous deeply loved nieces and nephews. Sylvester was preceded in death by his grandson, Steven Hendricks; his siblings, Alvie Porter, Thomas “Tommy” Porter, Phillip Porter, and Louise Roach.
In every respect, Sylvester S. Porter managed to cultivate a life as rich and bountiful as the fields he tended, a life that bore fruit long into the autumn of his days. We honor the memory of a man who stood firm like the oak trees among which he lived, loved, and labored. Sylvester's well-lived life will continue to inspire and guide us as we hold him forever in our hearts.
There will be a Celebration of Sylvester’s life announced at a later date. The family welcomes online condolences and fond memories to be shared at www.gillsince1872.com. Fredrick and Son-Gill Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with Sylvester’s arrangements.