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Sonny Porter


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Sonny Porter Obituary

Sonny James Porter, 50, of Shelley, passed away July 4, 2018, at home from complications after surgery.

Sonny was born July 15, 1967, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Eveon Porter and Rick Sihey (Sea-hi) and was the oldest of five siblings. He spent most of his childhood in Kalamazoo and was always a little smooth-talking salesman. He did many odd jobs as a kid, selling candy and as a baker's assistant to help his mother financially. Sonny attended Plainwell High School until halfway through 10th grade when he decided that supporting his family was more important than education and dropped out, a decision he later regretted and was working towards getting a GED.

He spent 13 years with his girlfriend Laura Hughes (Replogle) and had two children with her. He held many different jobs during that time: landscaper, working in a junkyard, farmhand, cab driver, and unbeknownst to his family, he worked as a Chippendale dancer. After his relationship with Laura ended, he left Michigan and ended up in Sandusky, Ohio, where he worked as a roller coaster operator at Cedar Point Amusement Park. He moved to Reseda, California, with a co-worker he was dating and was there for a few months when he decided to move to Idaho after experiencing his first earthquake. He had lived in Idaho Falls years ago when he was with Laura and had always liked the area.

Sonny was working as a bartender at Chic's Lounge when he met Nicole Heald Olmsted in August 2000. They married Nov. 3, 2000, and lived happily for the next 17 1/2 years.

Sonny loved to work and was a jack-of-all-trades. He worked as a cosmetic production line operator, fast food cook, restaurant janitor, gas station attendant and was a Walmart cashier for the last three years, a position he dearly loved.

When he wasn't working, Sonny loved to play World of Warcraft, watch WWE wrestling, shoot pool at the bar, karaoke, watch his favorite movie, "Young Frankenstein," and listen to artists like Josh Turner and Alice Cooper. He loved telling jokes and playing pranks, anything to make you smile.

Sonny is survived by his wife, Nicole; mother, Eveon, of Kalamazoo; two brothers, Russell (Rebecca) Wolverton, of Portage, Michigan, and Jason Wolverton, of Kalamazoo; two sisters, Dani-Elizabeth Wolverton-Topham, of Kalamazoo, and Michelle DeLeeuw of Vicksberg, Michigan; two children, Katherine (Jeff) Persons and Derick Porter, both of Kalamazoo; three stepchildren, Douglas (Taylor) Olmsted, of Huber Heights, Ohio, Jason Olmsted and Emily (Dustin) Hyde, both of Shelley; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12, at Shelley 1st Ward Chapel, 184 N. Park Ave. The family will meet with friends Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Nalder Funeral Home in Shelley and Thursday from 9:30-10:40 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery, and a luncheon will follow. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.

Published in Post Register from July 10 to July 11, 2018
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