Phillip “Phil” Eugene Porter, 59, of Las Vegas and formerly of Madison, Indiana and St. Pete, Florida, died Friday, March 5, 2021.
He was born Sept. 24, 1961, in Alva, Oklahoma, to Edwin Eugene Porter and Phyllis Ann Laman Porter, and resided in Amarillo, Texas, where he graduated high school and joined the US Navy in July 1980. He was a Class “C” radioman and served on the Monticello and Tripoli E, receiving the Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one star, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle “E” Award, Overseas Ribbon (2), Navy Achievement Medal and the Second Good Conduct Award. During his time in the service, he married Lillie Ann Porter in 1982 and they had a son. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 8, 1991 and moved from San Diego to St. Pete where he worked with his father in communications until 1999. He then moved to Manville, Indiana, and he married Gina Geyman in 1999 and operated the Manville General Store where he enjoyed making barbecue and smoking brisket. In 2000, he went to work as a telecommunication specialist at Belterra Casino where he met his future wife, Shannon, in IT. He later worked for the VA Medical Center as a senior VoIP system engineer until December 2016 when he semi-retired and moved to Nevada. He began dating Shannon Williams, formerly of Switzerland County, in 2014 and they were married on July 29, 2018. He enjoyed fishing, tinkering with electronics and the stock market.
Survivors include his wife of Las Vegas; his sister, Rhonda Porter of Texas; his children, James Matthew Porter of St. Pete, Florida, Ashley Hall and Brittany Perkins, both of Florence, Indiana; Cody Hoffman of Las Vegas and Tara Hoffman of Vevay, Indiana;
and nine grandchildren, four aunts, two uncles, several cousins, his dog, Einstein Eugene Porter, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father in 2019; his mother in 2010; a grandmother, Norma Keller, a grandfather, Kenneth Porter, his grandmother, Martha Pauline Dunn, a grandfather, James Earl Laman Sr.
A celebration of life will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, in Madison, with funeral services to begin at 6 p.m. and be live-streamed on the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre Facebook page under videos.
A final salute with military honors will be conducted by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion with military honors to follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Military Family Association. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover and the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.