Mr. Marcus Lockwood (Pete) Porter, 99, of Bartlesville, died at 11:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the Heritage Villa Nursing Center.
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Funeral services for Mr. Porter will be held at 10 A.M. on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church with Dr. Dale Scott officiating. Interment will be at 3:00 P.M., in Wednesday in the Summit View Cemetery at Guthrie, Oklahoma directed by the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. Honorary casket escorts will be members of the Bartlesville Downtown Kiwanis Club.
Friends who wish may call for visitation at the Stumpff Funeral Home until 9 P.M. on Tuesday as the casket will remain closed at the church.
Memorial funds have been established and those who wish may send their contributions to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church for their Youth program, 801 S.E. Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74006, the Bartlesville Downtown Kiwanis, 414 S.E. Washington Blvd., PMB 199, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74006 or the Concern Center, 333 S.W. Penn, Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74003.
Mr. Marcus Lockwood (Pete) Porter was born May 8, 1913, in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where he received his elementary and high school education. In 1935, he was graduated from Oklahoma A & M College with a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering.
After working for the Allied Materials Company in Stroud, and Cities Service Oil Company in Ponca City, Mr. Porter attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a BS degree in 1939. That fall on October 7, he married Ruth Jane Elliott of Ponca City.
Mr. Porter was employed with Phillips Petroleum Co. for thirty-nine years at several locations. He served as Assistant Superintendent at both the Phillips Okmulgee Refinery and the Phillips Northwest Refining Division in Woods Cross, Utah. Upon returning to Bartlesville, he became Coordinator of Environmental Operations in the Refining Division, until his retirement in 1978.
As an active long-time member of the Presbyterian Church, Mr. Porter was elected as a church Elder in Okmulgee. Here he also served as Superintendent of Sunday School. For many years he taught Sunday School in churches where he lived.
Mr. Porter also engaged in other community interests. While in Okmulgee, he joined Toastmasters and later became President and area Governor. While in Utah, he helped organize the Toastmaster Club in Bountiful. In 1982, he became a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club. Mr. Porter served on Kiwanis Club Membership, Growth, and education Committees and participated in many Kiwanis community activities. He gave generously of his time, serving five years on the School Board in Okmulgee. In Bartlesville, for several years he delivered Meals on Wheels, and was recognized by the Concern Center as an Outstanding Volunteer who served weekly for 25 years. He was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Mr. Porter's faith and family were the most important things to him, also important to him was any child. He met each one with open arms, to sit and tell a story or sing them a song.
Mr. Porter was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth E. Porter, his brother, Albert E. Porter, sister, Alice I.. Porter, and his parents, Roy E. and Mabel Lockwood Porter.
Mr. Porter is survived by a son, David W. Porter and his wife Tammi of Skiatook, a daughter, Priscilla J. Snow of Bartlesville, two granddaughters, Christa L. Harris and husband Brad of Bartlesville and Sarah A. Shepherd and husband Matt of California, one grandson, Max L. Porter of Berkley, California, four great grandsons, Aric R. Soule of Lawrence, Kansas, Joshua K. Harris and Ethan C. Harris of Bartlesville and Colt W. Shepherd of California, and many beloved cousins and friends.
Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory
1600 Southeast Washington Boulevard
Bartlesville, OK 74006
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19, 2012