William O. Porter, 81, town of Sigel (Wood County), father of a Junction City man, died Friday morning, March 17, 2000, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.
A private family memorial service with military rites will be held. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be designated in his name to a charity of one’s choice.
Taylor Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids assisted the family with arrangements.
Mr. Porter was born June 2, 1918, in Cardonia, Ind., a son of the late George and Stella (Chatum) Porter.
He was married to Stella Ilene Wheeler on Oct. 6, 1935, in Staunton, Ind. She survives.
He served in the U.S. Army from May 12, 1944, to Oct. 23, 1945, in the European Theater in Belgium and Germany. He received the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with two bronze service stars.
He was a heavy equipment operator at Georgia-Pacific and retired in 1980 after 28 years of service.
He was a member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 55 in Wisconsin Rapids, serving as chaplain. He portrayed “The Old Man of the Woods” in some wildlife education videos and also Santa Claus in the Wisconsin Rapids area.
Other survivors include four sons, Thomas (Linda), Junction City, William (Rose), Vesper, Father George (Nancy), Northborough, Mass., and Joseph (Kathleen), Wisconsin Rapids; three daughters, Stella (Felix) Frisch, Fremont, Mary (Richard) Glaza, Rudolph, and Elizabeth Ann (Andy) Andersen, Baraboo; 24 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one son, James; five brothers; two sisters and three grandsons.