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Ernest E. Porter

1915 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Ernest E. Porter Obituary
Porter Ernest E. Porter, age 98, of Columbus, died on March 11, 2014. Ernest was born in Gallipolis, Ohio on December 11, 1915, the son of Beatrice Eulalia (Plymale) and Wyman Elza Porter. Porter had a substantial magazine sales career. He retired from his position in New York City in 1975, then continued working in Indianapolis on The Saturday Evening Post, Holiday Magazine, and The Country Gentleman. Subsequently, in Columbus, he founded Ohio Magazine. For 30 years, Ernest played a key role in advertising sales. He was the Manager of the Midwest Farm Magazine Unit in New York City, and in Chicago, and was responsible for 25 state farm magazines. He was a member of the Agricultural Publishers Association and founded the State Farm Magazine Bureau. He had duties and friends in New York City, Chicago, Cleveland, Louisville, Ithaca, Dallas, and Indianapolis. He was known by advertisers and advertising agencies. As a child, his vacations were spent on his paternal grandfather's subsistent farm near Gallipolis, Ohio. He learned about farm labor/management before electricity and gasoline when all were altered. The power of gasoline replaced horses and mules with tractors, trucks and autos. Throughout his lifetime, he saw great steps with the mechanical and chemical revolution with hybrids in crops and animals. He graduated from West High School in 1934 with shorthand and typing skills, which was a good background for business and military. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 45 and did civic duties like caring for the injured at the Ohio Penitentiary Fire (1930) and ushering at OSU football games. He was employed by Duplex Printing Company and attended The Ohio State University until he was drafted in June of 1941 at Fort Hayes. Porter was a 73 year member of the Westgate Lodge and Scottish Rite. During WWII, he served in Mineral Wells (Texas), Forth Worth (Texas), Camp Grant (Illinois), Beloit (Wisconsin), Fort Washington (Maryland), Washington (DC), and Newark (New Jersey). He obtained the rank of Army Staff Sergeant, attended Officers Candidate School, and was a Captain when he was discharged at the end of his five year service. His last post was at the Adjutant General's Department, Office of Dependency Benefits in Newark (New Jersey), which had 10,000 employees and over 4 million accounts. While there, Porter sent monthly checks to qualified Veterans and their dependent families. He dealt with Army posts, Army camps, Army stations and banks around the world. Along with his parents, Ernest was preceded in death by wife Jane V. Porter, son Phil E. Porter, sister Louise and her husband Robert R. Kimball and brother Charles W. Porter. He is survived by nieces, Nancy C. Porter, Cathy K. (Ron) Lantz and Mary K. (Stu) Burge; great nephew, Jason R. Lantz; and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Sanderson Porter. On his wife's side of the family, he is survived by nephews, Jim and Michael Sullivan; and niece, Nora Sullivan Blair. Per his request, Ernest will be cremated; a private memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL. To send a condolence or memory, please visit www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 13, 2014
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