Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Darrell R. Porter

Darrell R. Porter, age 64, of Shelby, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital after a short illness.

He was born February 13, 1950 in Genoa, West Virginia, the son of the late Dewey and Ruth (Wilson) Porter. Darrell was a 1968 graduate of Shelby High School and was an eight year veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Vietnam War as a radio operator. After he was honorably discharged from the Navy, Darrell worked as a civilian MP in Dahlgren, VA. In 1985, he and his wife, Marsha, returned to Shelby and he took a job as plant manager at Van Dresser in Norwalk until its closing. Darrell then started as a helper at Shelby Municipal Light Plant where he worked his way up to Superintendent, a position he currently held.

Darrell was a very active Mason. His memberships included: Shelby Lodge #350 F and AM, Shiloh Lodge #544 F and AM, Wooster Ebenezer Lodge #33 F and AM, Shelby Chapter #178 RAM, Mansfield Council #94 R and SM, Mansfield Commandery #21 KT, Black Stone York Rite College where he received the Purple Cross, Ohio Priory #18 of KYCH, Ancient Accepted Scottish Right Valley of Canton, Ancient Accepted Scottish Right Valley of Columbus, Mohican Council #34 AMD, Crawford Knight Masons, Charlemagne Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, where he was the Past Chief, Past Deputy Grand Master, Past Deputy Grand High Priest, Deputy Division Commander, Past DEO for Chapter , Rose Croix line in Canton.

Darrell was a loving and devoted father, grandfather and family man. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. His joking and upbeat personality made him a friend to all.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years Marsha (Edwards) Porter whom he wed on May 15, 1973 . Also surviving are: 4 children: Kenny (Becky) Porter of Shelby, Kimberly Barnes of Shelby, Heath (Jessie) Porter of Shelby, Heather (Scott) Conard of Mansfield; 8 grandchildren: Caleb Porter, Tyler Porter, Randy Edwards, Brooke Barnes, Hollie Barnes, Jaekob Conard, Jillian Conard; 2 great grandchildren: Oliver Porter, Kaiden Barnes; a brother: Keith (Terri) Porter of Norwalk; a sister: Gloria (Kenneth) Phelps of Shelby; mother-in-law: Vera Kovatch of Shelby; 2 sisters-in-law: Ann Porter of Shelby, Rhonda Edwards of Wooster. In addition to his parents, Darrell was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Barnes, and a brother, Richard Porter.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Masonic services will be at 7:45 PM. Funeral services will be on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Steven Schag officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072 Pittsfield, MA, 01202 or Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607.

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  1. Justin & Joleen says:

    So terribly sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this tough time and sending prayers your way. We will miss waving at him from the porch swing across the street everyday.

    Your neighbors from across the street,
    Justin, Joleen, Blake and Brice.

  2. Larry & Cathy Paxton says:

    So sorry to hear of Darrell’s passing he was always a good man and friend.

  3. Al and Linda Smith says:

    My dear friend Darrell has fought the good fight, he has finished the race, and he has remained faithful. And now the prize awaits him – the crown of righteousness and glory which the Lord has given- the crown of life eternal in his heavenly house. Farewell and peace, my friend, until we meet again. Amen. 2 Timothy 4: 7-8

  4. Faith (Temple) Abbott says:

    Kim…so sorry to hear about your Dad. May all your memories carry you thru the coming days, weeks, and months. Hugs to you!!

  5. Lisa Means says:

    So sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you!

  6. Natasha (Chew) Ostrander says:

    Heather, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I’ve been thinking about you and praying for you. Keep that pretty head up, and stay strong! xoxo your dad will be greatly missed by many.

  7. Hans Hoffman says:

    Sorry to hear of Darrell’s passing. I loved working for him at Van Dresser.

  8. Jill Humphrey says:

    Marsha, Kenny, Kim, Heath, Heather, Keith, Gloria, and all of your families,
    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Darrell was such a good man, he always left everyone with a smile. He sure fought the good fight.
    We are thankful that he is not suffering anymore, but our hearts are broken for all of you.
    We are praying that He will just wrap you all in His loving arms and hold you tightly .
    We love you all.
    Jill and Bob,
    and all of this side of the family

  9. David Canfield OD says:

    Heather- Dr Ticoras told me about your father passing. It’s hard to understand why we loss good people at a young age but someday we will know. Our prayers are with you & your family.
    David & Jan Canfield (Doc)

  10. John Rice & Family says:

    Heath, Heather, and Porter Family,
    Sorry to hear about your loss, he was a good man, made me laugh every time I talked to him. Prayers and condolences to both of you and your family.

    John Rice

  11. John Rice & Family says:

    Heath, Heather, and Family,
    Sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad was a good dude, always made me laugh when I talked to him. My condolences and prayers to both of you.
    -John Rice and family

  12. Diane gray lambert says:

    So sorry to hear about Darrel. He was a good friend to me in high school .also my great grandsons great grandpa..prayersto his family..heaven gained another angel to watch over us

  13. Ashley Wolfe says:

    Im so sorry Uncle Darrell

  14. Ralph & Alice Cassity says:

    So sorry to hear of Darrell’s passing. He will be missed, by those who new him. Our prayers for the family that he left ,,missing your hot cross buns, no one could make them like you did. haven’t had a good one since.

  15. betty ward dorion says:

    So sorry and my prayers are with all of you. R.I.P My friend.

  16. Roy & Linda Copley says:

    Sorry to hear about Darrell. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  17. Greg Gamertsfelder Dean Gamertsfelder says:

    Darrell was always so pleasant and cheerful to talk to at the plant. Were thinking of you and your family in your time of loss.Our prayers are with you.

  18. Don & Barbara Gould says:

    We will fondly remember such a good friend and all the good times we had with Darrell and Marsha in Virginia. We often talk about all the cook outs, hunting adventures, evenings playing games, or just talking well into the night. Darrell could entertain anyone for hours with his great sense of humor that we enjoyed so much. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marsha and the family. We will miss you buddy!
    Don & Barb

  19. Steve & Elaine Fenner says:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Darrell. I worked with Darrell at Van Dresser & also visited him late nights at the bakery too. He was by far the best boss I ever worked for. If God needed some one to help with laughter he got the best story teller I know. Our thoughts & prayers go out to Marsha & the entire family. Steve & Elaine Fenner

  20. Karen Pena says:

    This is when it is so hard to live so far away from my family,,my heart is broken along with all of yours!! I have a million memory’s that have always and will always be a part of who I am..You all are in my prayers and I love you all dearly!

  21. Jayme Kilgore and family says:

    Praying for your family in this very hard time. I’m sorry for all the sadness you are all feeling. Darrelll was a great man in many ways and will be missed by many. His pain and struggles are now over and he is in the comfort of the Lord. I hope you all can find peace in knowing he will be trying to help and protect you from above. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  22. Corrine Scott says:

    To Marsha and Family,

    I just heard of Darrell’s passing and was so saddened by the news. You have my deepest condolences, and know that you are in my prayers. God bless and keep you.

  23. Beverly & Gerald Caskey says:

    Dear Marsha and Family,

    You and yours have our deepest sympathy. Tell you Mom that we missed seeing her at calling hours and send her our love. Love to you and your family also.

    Gerald & Beverly Caskey

  24. Don Hill says:

    So saddened to hear about my buddy “Catfish” Porter. He was truly one of ” the good ones”, I enjoyed fishing with him when I lived in Ohio, and he will be truly missed by everyone. My deepest sympathies to his family and all his friends (I’m sure there are a lot)

  25. Jon Alspaugh says:

    So sorry to learn of Darrell’s passing. I will miss his sense of humor and the family stories he shared. He was a devoted family man and a good friend. He will be missed.

  26. Johnny M Perry says:

    Sorry Richard & Darrell Porter.

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