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DR. LEO M. "MICK" PORTER


1935 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
DR.  LEO M. "MICK" PORTER Obituary
Dr. Leo Michael "Mick" Porter, age 78, of Warsaw, passed away Friday, February 7, 2014. He was born on April 13, 1935, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Leo I. and Dorothy (Sharp) Porter. He attended Holy Name Catholic School and graduated from Lillis High School in Kansas City in 1951. He then attended Donnelly College and worked at Bendix Corporation and later Country Club Dairy. He then enlisted in the United States Army and served as a combat medic. He received his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood and advanced individual training in Texas at Ft. Sam Houston. On September 26, 1959, he was united in marriage to Rita L. Staab in Kansas City. He often proudly spoke of his luck in winning her hand in marriage. Their marriage and the life he and Rita made together was his proudest achievement. They first made their home in Kansas City and later in Raytown. In 1962 he graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College and practiced for a short time in Raytown. In 1965, he moved his family to Warsaw where he purchased the chiropractic clinic and established Porter Chiropractic. Dr. Porter was a member of the American Chiropractic Association. He served as Southside Commissioner and was member of the Benton County R-9 School Board for eighteen years and had served as Board President. He was a member of the St. Ann Catholic Church, where he served for many years as the music leader. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He served the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce, and was a founding committee member for both the Warsaw Jubilee Days and Warsaw Heritage Days. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, and singing and was an avid runner. Dr. Porter was instrumental in establishing the Warsaw High School Football program. At a young age, he was a member of the Variety Actors and Musicians Guild. He enjoyed a childhood career in theatre and television as a famous Irish boy tenor vocalist and was also a Golden Gloves Boxer. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of over 52 years, Rita, an infant son, Benjamin Porter, a grandson, Isaac Gerard Porter, and a brother, Jack Porter. He is survived by three sons, Dr. Leo I. Porter and wife, Kathryn, of Warsaw, Dr. Gerard Porter, and wife, Brenda, of Bolivar, and Dr. Jock Porter, and wife, Dr. Camala Porter, of Nixa; two daughters, Jennifer Porter RN, of Warsaw and Roxana Eckhoff, and husband, Dustin, of Warsaw; twenty-six grandchildren, one great- grandchild, a sister, Gloria "Sanda" Messner and husband, Leonard Norman Messner of Harrisonville, many nieces and nephews, and special caregivers, especially his niece, Linda Stewart RN and nephew, Steve Porter, who lovingly helped care for him, other relatives and many friends. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Warsaw. Burial and Military Rites will be in Riverside Cemetery, Warsaw. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at St. Ann Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to the Warsaw R-9 School Textbooks in memory of Dr. Leo M. 'Mick' Porter. Arrangements under the direction of the Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw, MO.
Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 11, 2014
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